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Too Old for Exercise? | Care2 Healthy Living: Increasing physical frailty as you age is commonly accepted as a f...

Too Old for Exercise? | Care2 Healthy Living: Increasing physical frailty as you age is commonly accepted as a f...

Photo Courtesy Of: iStockphoto/Thinkstock Increasing physical frailty as you age is commonly accepted as “a fact of life.” Until recently, most studies showed that after the age of 40, people typically lose eight percent or more of their muscle mass with each passing decade. But newer research suggests that this is not a foregone conclusion. One recent study of 40 competitive runners, cyclists, and swimmers, ranging in age from 40 to 81, found no evidence of deterioration — the athletes in their 70s and 80s had almost as much thigh muscle mass as the athletes in their 40s. Quoted in the New York Times , Dr. Vonda Wright, who oversaw the study, said:“We think these are very encouraging results … They suggest strongly that people don’t have to lose muscle mass and function as they grow older. The changes that we’ve assumed were due to aging and therefore were unstoppable see...

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