Regular exercise may slow ageing in humans

Apr 14 2014, 18:21 IST
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Older adults receive the most benefits when combining endurance exercise with resistance exercise. Thinkstock Older adults receive the most benefits when combining endurance exercise with resistance exercise. Thinkstock
SummaryOlder adults receive the most benefits when combining endurance exercise with resistance exercise.

Exercising regularly may not only improve the quality of life but also extend a person's lifespan by up to five years, a new research suggests.

According to Canadian sports medicine physician Mark Tarnopolsky, regular exercise can slow the speed at which humans age.

The research suggests that older adults receive the most benefits when combining endurance exercise with resistance exercise.

Tarnopolsky is a professor and division head of Neuromuscular and Neurometabolic Disorders in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

His clinical research focuses predominately on therapies for mitochondrial cytopathies; however, his group is also involved in clinical trials in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Friedreich's ataxia and Pompe disease.

The study was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) in New Orleans, US.

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