fountainofyouth

Accord­ing to a recent study by doc­tors at the Uni­ver­sity of Pitts­burgh, swim­ming (and other vig­or­ous exer­cise) actu­ally slows down the aging process. But can you really stay younger with swim­ming? Does swim­ming keep you look­ing young?

The study fol­lowed 40 mas­ters triath­letes (men and women who swim, bike and run sev­eral times a week) between the ages of 40 and 81. The older par­tic­i­pants showed a remark­able lack of age-related mus­cle mass loss. In fact, the MRI scans of their bone and mus­cle den­sity look sim­i­lar to those of the 40 year olds.

 

Why Mus­cles Matter

What this means is that the decline of mus­cle mass and strength as we age may not be as inevitable as we have thought. In fact, the study con­cludes that decline is actu­ally a func­tion of chronic dis­usenot just aging and that exer­cise is the ticket to stay­ing strong and youth­ful: “This main­te­nance of mus­cle mass and strength may decrease or elim­i­nate the falls, func­tional decline, and loss of inde­pen­dence that are com­monly seen in aging adults.”

So, what do you think? Do you want to stay younger with swim­ming? And are you ready now to com­mit to that daily swim?

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