Recent research published in the Aging Cell Journal shows how doing lots of exercise in older age can prevent the immune system from declining and protect people against infections. They followed 125 long-distance cyclists, some now in their 80s, and found they had the immune systems of 20 year olds. Surprisingly they also found that the cyclists did not lose muscle mass or strength and did not see an increase in body fat which is normally expected as associated with ageing.
Prof Norman Lazarus, 82, of King’s College London, who took part in and co-authored the research, said: “If exercise was a pill, everyone would be taking it. It has wide-ranging benefits for the body, the mind, for our muscles and our immune system.”
For those of us who find the thought of long distance cycling daunting it is interesting to read that the findings showed anything which gets you moving and a little bit out of puff will help.
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Over the last 20 years or so there has been a significant growth in organised exercise classes and swimming pool sessions for the older generation. At Lillyfields everyone we care for is treated as an individual. We encourage exercise of any sort and look to support people in maintaining independence in as many of their day to day activities as possible.
If you would like to discuss with us how we encourage exercise with the people we care for please contact us.