In a study from the experts at the University of Guelph, in Canada, claims that those who exercise in their youth will have “younger” muscles in their old age. They also found that elderly people who were elite athletes have stronger legs, with their muscles having a healthier cellular levels than non-athletes.

Those who exercised as a youth or was an athlete were found to have legs with 25% more strength and 14% more muscle mass. In conclusion to the study, the key to staying young and having healthier muscles is to exercise.

Scientists say it is ‘superb’ fitness that keeps people young. The elderly people at the heart of the study still compete as master athletes in their old age, and have much healthier muscles at the cellular level than those of non-athletes.

Scientists have discovered that elderly people who were elite athletes in their youth – or even later in life – have much healthier muscles at the cellular level than those of non-athletes, and suggest regular exercise and ‘superb fitness’ could be the key to remaining youthful. There has been little research of aging and muscle weakening in master athletes in this age group – until now.

Alongside feeling young and having youthful muscles is that regular exercise incorporated into your lifestyle at any age can improve:

  • Improve bone density
  • Lower our blood pressure
  • Increase our strength
  • Increase flexibility
  • Increase muscle mass
  • Reduce body fat
  • Heart and respiratory function
  • Reduce the likelihood of depression and disease.