Those who stay active in old age by cycling are likely to have better fitness levels than those who lead a sedate lifestyle, according to research.
The research, published in The Journal of Physiology, studied 125 healthy amateur cyclists aged between 55 and 79.
Researchers, from King’s College London, found that although, as expected, average measurements of several aspects of cardiovascular and general fitness declined with age, in most instances – including oxygen uptake during exercise, resting heart rate, and mobility – even the oldest participants performed to the levels of normal healthy young adults.
Professor Jeremy Pearson, our Associate Medical Director, said: “This study shows that for this group of amateur cyclists, there is a clear relationship between age and physiological function.
“But, these healthy and active older adults had greater levels of fitness than those who lead a more sedate lifestyle.
“Keeping physically active can significantly improve your heart health and wellbeing, whatever your age.”
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