Exercise really can keep you young

A study of cyclists aged between 55 and 79 shows they have reflexes, memories, balance and metabolic profiles that more closely resembled those of 30-year-olds than of an sedentary older group.
A study of cyclists aged between 55 and 79 shows they have reflexes, memories, balance and metabolic profiles that more closely resembled those of 30-year-olds than of an sedentary older group.PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

Studies show much of what was thought of before as inevitable in ageing is in fact preventable

Remaining physically active as we grow older could help to keep our muscles and immune systems robust, according to two new studies of older recreational cyclists.

The experiments add to growing evidence that some assumptions about ageing may be outdated and that we might have more control over the process than we think.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 27, 2018, with the headline 'Exercise really can keep you young'. Print Edition | Subscribe