It Never Hurts to Be Reminded

Exercise is good for you, there’s just no way around it. And the more we learn the more significant its effects seem to be. Impacting everything from skin elasticity to cognition, exercise is an essential component of any healthy lifestyle.

New research, however, is helping shed more light on the long-term benefits of physical fitness and the important role it will play is dictating just how gracefully our population is able to age.

In a new study published this week by The Journal of Physiology, scientists at Kings’ College in London evaluated the effects of exercise on delaying many of the symptoms commonly associated with aging.

The results were profound. After evaluating a group of older cyclists, the researchers found “…as a group, [they] had younger people’s levels of balance, reflexes, metabolic health and memory ability.” It’s a stark testament to the importance of establishing habits, and—of course—the objects and choices which enable us to do so!

And while the most salient result of this study may be the benefit of establishing healthy habits at a young age, the old aphorism remains as true as always: it’s never too late to start.

Hal Ebbott