Getting older doesn’t have to mean becoming frail and disabled. You can have a great quality of life well into your 80s despite getting older. The push for more exercise throughout your life can actually have benefits later on. One Canadian study showed that octogenarian athletes had 30 per cent more motor units in their leg muscle tissue – resembling the muscles of people decades younger on a cellular level – than older people who were sedentary. So, we now realise that a decline in muscular health as we age is not inevitable. “We know the benefit of fitness at every age,” says dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade, author of Belly Fat Diet For Dummies.
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