Aging is a mysterious process that we don’t fully understand. According to a recent study, the belief that changes in physical health are unavoidable with age may not be correct. It turns out that how we age may be up to us, as exercising and staying active have been found to actually help seniors stay younger physiologically.
The Effects of Exercise on Aging
A study found that older people who are physically active resemble much younger people physiologically. The study, published in the Journal of Physiology, examined the health of seniors who’ve remained active. More than 120 men and women between the ages of 55 and 79 were recruited. All study volunteers were very active recreational bike riders. After determining each volunteer’s bone density, reflexes, metabolic health, muscle mass, endurance, and other factors, researchers compared their results with standard benchmarks of normal aging. The study found that the active cyclists didn’t appear to be their chronological ages. Physical function was stable across all decades and much closer to younger adults than seniors their own age. As a whole, the active seniors had the balance, reflexes, metabolic health, and memory of younger adults.
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Muscle Mass & Aging
We accept that increasing physical frailty and lost muscle mass is a part of aging, but another study found this isn’t necessarily true. A study published in 2011 found no evidence of physical deterioration in competitive athletes in their 70s and 80s. In fact, the seniors had as much muscle mass as athletes in their 40s.
Strong muscles are essential for seniors who want to remain healthy and independent. Living independently is important for seniors who want to maintain a high quality of life. For some, this simply means receiving help with tasks that have become more challenging to manage over time. Even when families have the best intentions, they may not have the time to provide the care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. If your loved one needs help for a few hours a day or a few days a week, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of respite care Denver seniors can depend on.
The Bottom Line
Many older people today tend to be sedentary. Because a sedentary lifestyle can have a major effect on health, it can be difficult to separate the effects of this lifestyle from simple aging. Over the last decade, researchers have been putting together a growing body of evidence suggesting it’s possible to maintain health and physical strength with age, and exercise becomes ever more important to keep muscles from atrophying.
Maintaining a regular exercise routine can grow more challenging with age. If you have a senior loved one who needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of homecare Denver families can rely on. All of our caregivers are bonded, licensed, and insured, there are no hidden fees, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts. Whether your parent needs minor help with daily tasks or extensive 24-hour care, give us a call at (720) 443-3371 today.