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Rapid Decline in Fitness Seen After Age 45

Posted Nov 02 2009 12:00am

New research shows that the decline in fitness that accompany growing old typically speed up after the age of 45. People can slow the inevitable by staying lean, exercising and refraining from smoking. Reductions in cardiorespiratory after the age of 45, became much steeper, accelerating even further with increases in body-mass index (BMI), smoking and lower levels of physical activity. As you age, your aerobic capacity goes down. It was found that when things aren’t working right, we tend to go down at faster rates. This was true for both men and women. The better people take care of themselves the longer they can retain their fitness. It could delay the age when these health problems start to occur. Experts state that if people are very overweight, inactive and smoke, they might see health problems in their 50s and 60s, whereas people who maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s going to be more like their 70s, 80s and possibly even their 90s.

Exercise is key, and it is now becoming established fact. If it is not incorporated into the lifestyle, health will suffer.

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