Many believe that after the age of 40 our bodies will lose muscle mass in exchange for fat, making losing weight harder as we age. We may notice we’re not as flexible as we used to be or that everything hurts, and even accept this.
Can an active, older person’s body resemble a younger person’s? Can the effects of exercise play a role in this aging process? According to a new study the findings suggest that our expectations about the inevitability of physical decline with advancing years may be incorrect and that how we age is, to a large degree, up to us.
Pollock, R. et al. An investigation into the relationship between age and physiological function in highly active older adults. Journal of Physiology, first published online Jan 2015, DOI: 10.1113/jphysiol.2014.282863