It's never too late to reap the benefits.
These findings were surprising in two ways. First, time had taken its toll on these men. Their weight had increased by 25%, body fat had doubled, and aerobic capacity had decreased by 11% during the 30 year-period. Despite that, they were able to achieve the same degree of cardiovascular fitness they had as 20-year-olds with a regular, moderate exercise program.
This is encouraging to anyone whose fitness routines are interrupted--it's never too late to get it back. A second and even more surprising finding was uncovered in this study; three weeks of bed rest at 20 years of age was worse for physical capacity than three decades of aging. Despite the implications for potential layoffs, don't despair: the loss is always reversible.
(Circulation, 2001, Vol. 104, pp. 1350-1357)
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|Title Annotation:||exercise and middle age men|
|Publication:||Running & FitNews|
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|Date:||Dec 1, 2001|
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