Never too old to get moving: Aerobic fitness lowers risk of death in elderly

Never too old to get moving: Aerobic fitness lowers risk of death in elderly

The results of a large analysis show a reduction in mortality among elderly patients who maintained high levels of aerobic fitness, including benefits in individuals as old as aged 93 years.

“The point here is that it doesn’t matter what age you are, you have to maintain a certain amount of fitness because the body goes into hibernation if it thinks it isn’t needed anymore,” senior investigator Dr Peter Kokkinos (VA Medical Center, Washington, DC) told heartwire. “We know this from broken limbs and from astronauts returning from space—if you don’t use it, you’re going to lose it.”

“If you don’t use it, you’re going to lose it.”

Presenting the results here at the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) 2013 Scientific Sessions, Kokkinos said that while age is associated with declines in muscle mass, strength, endurance, and aerobic fitness, older individuals respond well to exercise, and exercise could play a role in preventing these age-related declines.

via Risk of death in fit elderly | theheart.org.

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