It has been shown that regularly exercising can help slow down the visible effects of ageing by up to 10 years.
A study found that aerobic exercising, such as jogging or running, can slow and at times even reverse the decline in balance, muscle power, and co-ordination in the later parts of ones life.
With age, comes a reduction in “aerobic power”. In men It falls by up to 50% between the ages of 20 and 60, on the other hand women tend to lose their fitness at around the age of 35, with a 50% loss and by age of 60. This decrease has an unfortunate impact on the independence of the elderly who if otherwise has excessed in the earlier lives would be able to maintain a more independent way of life for longer.
The research carried out investigated just how fast the maximum oxygen intake measured within an exercise laboratory decreases as one gets older. The study estimated how long it would take for the average person to reach the threshold value.
The study definitely supported the idea that there are undeniable benefits from maintaining regular exercise throughout ones life.
The study found that the quantity of oxygen that an individual can take in during periods of dynamic exercises deteriorates with age.
To investigate and prove this, the researchers formulated a list of questions relating to the study. They then studied the findings from other studies that had put emphasis on issues relating to independent living and also maximum aerobic power.