The many ways in which exercise keeps us young

A study last year showed that older cyclists had immune systems that resembled those of much younger people, as well as muscles that retained a youthful size and fibre content.
A study last year showed that older cyclists had immune systems that resembled those of much younger people, as well as muscles that retained a youthful size and fibre content.ST FILE PHOTO

Some of the biggest news in exercise science last year concerned the tiniest effects from physical activity, which does not mean that the effects were inconsequential. It means they were microscopic.

We found out, for instance, that exercise changes how our cells communicate with one another, as well as how rapidly they age. This new research began to detail the many, pervasive ways in which exercising alters the inner workings of our bodies and contributes to better health.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 05, 2019, with the headline 'The many ways in which exercise keeps us young'. Print Edition | Subscribe