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October 28, 2011

Fit 50-Year-Olds As Fit As 20-Year-Olds Who Don’t Exercise

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Fit 50-Year-Olds As Fit As 20-Year-Olds Who Don’t Exercise

It may not be possible to have the body of a 20-year-old at 50, but it is possible for fit 50-year-olds to be as fit as 20-year-olds who don’t exercise, according to researchers at the K.G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

Ulrik Wisloff, a professor and director of the K.G. Jebsen Center, says that activity is far more important than age in determining fitness.

Stian Thoresen Aspenes was recently awarded his PhD by the university for research conducted at the K.G. Jebsen Center. His thesis examined links between peak oxygen uptake, physical activity and cardiovascular risk factors among healthy adults aged from 20 to 90. He says:

“Physical condition is the most important factor in describing an individual’s overall health, almost like a report card.” Stian Thoresen Aspenes

Fit 50-year-olds can be as fit as 20-year-olds who don’t do much exercise. Furthermore, it shows that exercise, especially the amount and intensity, is the key.

One man who might serve as living proof of these findings, is 100-year-old Fauja Singh who stunned the world this week by completing a marathon in Canada. He finished the 26.2 mile Toronto waterfront marathon on Sunday evening in 8 hours, 11 minutes and 5.9 seconds, securing his place in the Guiness book of World Records as the oldest person,& the first centenarian, to ever complete a run of that distance.

The run on Sunday was Singh’s eighth marathon. He says his secret is that he eats a light diet comprising mostly tea, toast and curry, and he maintains a positive outlook.

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