The increased health span of athletes
The extended health span is characterised by a remarkable maintenance of performance and the strength and endurance that underpins it. Studies shows that an 80 year old masters athlete can match or surpass the strength and endurance of a sedentary person 30 years younger. This is the potency of becoming and staying physically active.
Making regular physical activity a habit provides an impressive maintenance of function and extends the number of ‘healthy’ years in later life. The potency of regular physical activity confers many other benefits too which will be explored in future posts in this blog series. It’s never too late to get nimble and a nimble human is a healthy human.
Frailty threshold in comparison
Mick Wilkinson PhD, MSc, BA (Hons)
Northumbria University, Newcastle, England
Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science & Department Ethics Lead
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