01 Dec Running for exercise ‘slows the aging process’?
“It’s been known for a long time that as people age their maximum aerobic capacity, or ‘horsepower,’ declines, and that is true for runners as well,” says study leader Prof. Justus Ortega, from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.
“What’s new here is we found that old runners maintain their fuel economy,” he adds.
The researchers recruited 15 men and 15 women with an average age of 69 who regularly ran or walked for exercise. For this study, “regularly” meant walking or running at least three times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes per workout, for at least 6 months.
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