I like to thing that I am in decent shape. I workout with weights almost daily and try to mix in some cardio when I can. Yet I got out of bed the other day and my ankle popped. Basically, I twisted my ankle getting out of bed. Just a symptom of getting older. I am creaky, achy and sore more often. I stay active, however, because if I don’t workout I really notice a difference in just how limber I am. The article below illustrates the science behind what I hypothesized… working out is the secret to staying young… or at least staving off Father Time for a bit longer.

SCIENCE DAILY

The participants underwent a series of tests in the laboratory and were compared to a group of adults who do not partake in regular physical activity. This group consisted of 75 healthy people aged 57 to 80 and 55 healthy young adults aged 20 to 36.

The study showed that loss of muscle mass and strength did not occur in those who exercise regularly. The cyclists also did not increase their body fat or cholesterol levels with age and the men’s testosterone levels also remained high, suggesting that they may have avoided most of the male menopause.

More surprisingly, the study also revealed that the benefits of exercise extend beyond muscle as the cyclists also had an immune system that did not seem to have aged either.