Here are some articles you might like to read about training - for instance why it's worth making the effort.

Betty Warner


"Use what you've got or lose what you've got" is the message from Betty Warner. To which we'd add the idea that you're never too old to start. "Start what?" you ask. Getting strong, getting fit, making sure that you can enjoy your sports up to whatever age you want.

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Frequently asked questions about sport and ageing

Frequently asked questions on sports and ageing

Q1 What happens to our muscles as we age?

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Is It Worth Training as You Get Older?

We all know what happens as you get older. There are observable changes in the body; a steady decline in conditioning that occurs from the age of 50 or so, a decrease in muscle tone and a loss of muscle bulk. But are the changes unalterable? Can the rate of decline be slowed? Or can it even be reversed, so that the decline, when it does happen, happens from a point of improved fitness and increased strength? Can that increased strength and fitness be maintained for longer than the accepted wisdom dictates?

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Professor Patricia Woo CBE

pat_woo_7.1Professor Patricia Woo CBE FMedSci is Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Rheumatology at University College London.  She was   appointed in 1985 as group head at the MRC Clinical Research Centre, and became Professor of Paediatric Rheumatology within London University in 1994.

She founded the tertiary referral service for children at London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, and the adolescent and young adult referral service at University College Hospital in 1995. Her Dept. research included clinical and basic research on childhood arthritis, and other auto-immune and inflammatory diseases. She has published over 200 original publications, 68 reviews and book chapters, edited three editions of the Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology, and is senior author of the handbook: Paediatric Rheumatology in Clinical Practice.

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