Now here is some good news! Proving that it’s never too late to start exercising, a new study has found that people in their 70’s and 80’s who have never worked out in their lives build muscle at the same rate as master class athletes of the same age.

The University of Birmingham studied two groups of elderly men — one group they dubbed “master athletes” who still compete in their sport at the highest level, and the other group had never been in a structured exercised program before.

The two groups worked out once on an exercise machine, and the researchers measured how much muscle each group built 48 hours before and after they exercised. Researchers were expecting the athletes to build more muscle but found both groups had built an equal amount of muscle after the exercise.

“Our study clearly shows that it doesn’t matter if you haven’t been a regular exerciser throughout your life, you can still derive benefit from exercise whenever you start,” said Dr. Leigh Breen, who led the study. “Obviously a long-term commitment to good health and exercise is the best approach to achieve whole-body health, but even starting later on in life will help delay age-related frailty and muscle weakness.”

Dr. Breen said addressing strength training with senior citizens needs to be less “vague.”
“What’s needed is more specific guidance on how individuals can improve their muscle strength, even outside of a gym-setting through activities undertaken in their homes — activities such as gardening, walking up and down stairs, or lifting up a shopping bag can all help if undertaken as part of a regular exercise regime,” she said.

Our Residents at EdenHill Communities have daily access to exercises including water aerobics, Tai Chi, Yoga, Chair volleyball, line dancing and our work-out areas. But even better, they have access to our fulltime Lifestyle and Wellness coordinators who encourage attendance in a wide array of activities as well as at our “Doc Talks” held several times monthly. Research is now clear that an active lifestyle helps build muscle! Contact us to schedule a time to join us for any of our activities and strengthen your body, mind and spirit. (830-625-6291)

Adapted from The Washington Times – Friday, August 30, 2019