We have been writing about the research into the beneficial effects of exercise on the process of ageing. All the articles about that research can be found here, in one place.
Several weeks ago - and with no great enthusiasm - we reported on some research that appeared to show that the best way of exercising in order to have the best chance of avoiding early death from various diseases such as heart disease, diabetes etc was to exercise only a moderate amount, and at not too demanding a level. Various elements within the media took the opportunity to thumb their noses at people they described as smug, exercise junkies and took delight in reporting that this piece of research showed that these "exercise junkies" were not doing themselves any good at all with their ultra running, their triathlons etc.
The title of this article is "Why Exercise 2". Its full name is in fact "Why Exercise 2 : the second in a never-ending series".
The latest chapter of this story comes from University of Colorado Boulder and Humboldt State University in a joint study of the effects of running on walking in a group of men and women with an average age of 69 years old. According to the study's findings, running slows the ageing process.
If you've read much of what is on this site you won't be surprised to learn that continued exercise contributes greatly to one's ability to continue to exercise! And the more we read about new research into exercise and related subjects, the more levels we find that this happens on.
Exercise is good for you - who knew? It's official - again!
Two related studies, recently published in Gut, the peer-reviewed journal for health professionals and researchers in gastroenterology & hepatology which is part of the British Medical Journal, have shown that people who exercise have more abundant and more varied...
They say it's never too late to start, they say better late than never, and in the case of fitness for Silver Greys both of those things are true - in spades!
There are many incidences of people who have become fit and achieved proficiency in their sport even though they have started late. Two examples of this which have recently come to our attention are champion road cyclist Derek Stewart, and power lifter Pat Tombs, both appearing on ITV's Amazing Greys and both of whom took up their sports in the last 10 years or so. Stewart, at 77 has many national titles to his name, and Tombs, at 67 is a world-ranked power-lifter having only started at 60.