While exercise has always been considered important for proper health, a new study from the University of Tokyo indicates it can be even more important as we age. This cross-sectional study analyzed the effects of exercise on sarcopenia (muscle loss associated with aging) in older Japanese people. There was a significant association between exercise in middle-age and a low occurrence of sarcopenia late in life. Furthermore, exercise earlier in life was associated with greater grip strength, greater time standing on one leg, and greater gait speed.
Today, people world-wide are becoming less physically active. As technology becomes more commonplace and mechanized modes of transportation more popular, physical exercise rates continue to drop. Combat these statistics by adding exercise to your daily routine.