Aging Is Easier with Endurance Exercise

Posted by: on Jan 17, 2013 | No Comments

OldPeopleWalkingForExerciseEndurance training such as that done for track competitions may protect against the effects of aging in older individuals, a study of telomeres suggested.

Among individuals ages 66 to 77, endurance athletes had significantly longer telomeres compared with their less active counterparts, a relationship that was not seen among individuals in their 20s, according to Javaid Nauman, PhD, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, and colleagues.

The results “suggest that endurance exercise training may regulate the telomeres in old age and results in slowing of [the] aging process by maintaining telomere length.”

It’s noted, however, that the findings, which were based on a small sample of just 20 men, should be considered preliminary and interpreted cautiously.

However, the findings “provide further support to the hypothesis that long-term exercise, higher aerobic fitness, and longer telomeres all are part of same phenotype expressed in some older adults.”