Research from 4.5 million Strava users has found that the most active age group is the over 40s. And it’s never too late to start. A flurry of studies last year showed that exercising in middle age is the elixir of youth. One, published in the European Heart Journal, found that sedentary, middle-aged people who took up aerobic exercise for six months developed longer telomeres – the tiny caps on the end of cells that shorten as we get older. Scientists refer to the length of people’s telomeres as a sign of how quickly they are ageing. Likewise, another study published in the journal Circulation found that middle-aged people who began a two-year-long programme of brisk walking or jogging for 30 minutes, four to five times a week, were able to reverse age-related stiffening of their arteries. Far from giving in to middle-aged limitation, many of us are the fittest we’ve ever been. Cindy Crawford and Drew Barrymore have posted gym selfies and yoga videos, while Davina McCall has reached new fitness heights – swimming the channel in her 40s and qualifying as a personal trainer at 50. I have tried to keep fit since my mid-20s, but it was… Read full this story
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