Are you ever too old to start working out?

 

You all know I love my exercise, but is it ever too late for someone to start?
Exercise, as you know, has played a huge role in my life! I exercise ever single day, without fail, BUT you do not have to go to those extremes to see lasting effects! For sedentary individuals, the heart undergoes a number of changes that ultimately can lead to heart failure. The development of heart failure, with a preserved ejection fraction, is likely mediated through increased left ventricular stiffness – a consequence of sedentary aging. In the study shown in the second image, sedentary adults were able to improve their maximal oxygen uptake and decrease the cardiac stiffness potentially protecting against the future risk of heart failure by preventing the increase in cardiac stiffness with 2 years of supervised high-intensity training.
Also for older adults between the age of 70-89, structured exercise can reduce the SOF (study of osteoporotic fractures) index and improve their ability to rise from a chair. I was shocked to see that introducing exercise this late in age, didn’t reduce frailty, it just prevented it from getting worse over that period of time.
As always I love answering your questions! Attached are a few of the articles I used to make this post.
Here are some of the links:

 

http://annals.org/aim/article-abstract/2668215/effect-physical-activity-frailty-secondary-analysis-randomized-controlled-trial

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2018/01/03/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.030617

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12473001
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Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I do not provide medical advice. If you have questions please ask your doctor & do your own research. I am still a medical student and a PhD candidate. I have 5 degrees including 2 masters in nutrition & metabolism. I am a certified personal trainer & have researched these topics for 9 years. The information I post is research based & is information not always taught in school.

Hi! I am a third-year medical student and third-year PhD candidate with a passion for innovation, biomedical research, medical education, healthcare policy, biotechnology, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. I am a bit of a non-traditional student as you can see from my personal bio. I am a host of medical podcast and the owner of an admission company focused on helping students get into the school of their dreams. I love educating and giving back so if you have questions feel free to email me!

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