Aging Myths Debunked
Updated: Dec 23, 2019
#1 Creaky, aching joints are inevitable
Wrong, the more the move helps keep your muscles and cartilage healthy. Those who are less active are more likely to develop arthritis. Researchers found that those who exercise for just twenty minutes once every two weeks had more healthy cartilage in their knees.
#2 Muscles will wither away
Ever heard of if you don’t use it you lose it? Well, it is true to a degree. A study found that those less active between the ages of 53 and 75 years old still had a few robust mitochondria. However, the active adults in that age range had almost the same amount of mitochondria found in younger adults. They also found that any type of exercise can improve and reverse the signs of aging in the muscles.
#3 It’s too late to benefit from exercise
Not true. Researchers found that even if you aren’t active until middle age, exercise still increases the improvement of aging without cognitive or physical issues or developing a chronic disease. It doesn’t even have to be much any moderate activity will provide you enough protection.
#4 Bones are more likely to break with age
Not necessarily true. Inactivity is believed to be the biggest threat to bone health. Weight-bearing exercise is the best for promoting new bone formation. The best part is that walking is a weight-bearing exercise. You can add light weights or wear a weight-bearing vest for added benefit but you don’t have to. Just take a brisk walk.
Moral of the story: Just keep moving. Any moderate exercise even just a simple walk can add healthier years to your life.
You can also listen to the full article these notes were taken from on the Anything & Everything podcast at https://yopistudio.podbean.com/e/ep-37-myths-on-aging-debunked/
To learn more about the studies that were done on this topic check out the references below.
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Melov S, Tarnopolsky MA, Beckman K, Felkey K, Hubbard A (2007) Resistance Exercise Reverses Aging in Human Skeletal Muscle. PLoS ONE 2(5): e465.
“Nurses’ Health Studies“. The Nurses’ Health Study. 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
J Biomech Eng. 2015 Jan;137(1). doi: 10.1115/1.4028847.