Monday, March 26, 2007

Exercise After 55

This article suggests that you may still benefit from a supervised exercise routine even if you start it after the age of 55. In this study there were two groups, both aged 55 to 75. One group exercised and the other group remained sedentary. After ten years the group that exercised showed a 3.5% increase in fitness. I feel bad for the sedentary group, though, because they had a 13.8% decrease in fitness and also had other problems, such as symptoms of metabolic syndrome. And it did not have to be that way. Apparently all they had to do to feel better was exercise like the other group did.

The thing is, though, I don’t think any of this is really unexpected. If you don’t exercise, you’re not going to be as fit as you would be if you did exercise. If you get up and move around, in many cases it will be easier for you to get up and move around.

On the other hand, if people know that exercise is good for them but they don’t do it, it is a little hard to really feel sorry for them.

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