Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bicycling is the Fountain of Youth

How Exercise Keeps Us Young

New York Times -- Active older people resemble much younger people physiologically, according to a new study of the effects of exercise on aging. The findings suggest that many of our expectations about the inevitability of physical decline with advancing years may be incorrect and that how we age is, to a large degree, up to us.

Aging remains a surprisingly mysterious process. A wealth of past scientific research has shown that many bodily and cellular processes change in undesirable ways as we grow older. But science has not been able to establish definitively whether such changes result primarily from the passage of time - in which case they are inevitable for anyone with birthdays - or result at least in part from lifestyle, meaning that they are mutable.

This conundrum is particularly true in terms of inactivity. Older people tend to be quite sedentary nowadays, and being sedentary affects health, making it difficult to separate the effects of not moving from those of getting older. [Full article ...]

"Iron Man" Jim Eads powers his way through the White Mountains of NH in 2007. Jim will turn 80 in April, and thinks nothing of  riding over 10,000 miles per year, every year. Check out this special interview with Jim HERE.

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