(Derek Beres/ Big Think) — Humans are aging. Of course, this is the natural biological course, but entire societies are getting older, causing concern among governments. Increased older populations result in higher health care costs and less productive workforces. Yet none of this implies that we must go quietly into the night. Good health is negotiable, if you’re willing to put in the work.
There are many domains once reserved for the young that aging adults now recognize as accessible. Maintaining a healthy body and mind well into old age is one. For example, one yoga teacher I used to study with just turned 101, and she still regularly teaches classes. As more research is conducted on the effects of exercise on aging populations, the more good news there is to share.
Silicon Valley might be focused on defeating aging, yet for those of us that cannot afford hundreds of thousands of dollars for unproven vitamin regimens, a new study, published in Frontiers in Physiology, found that building muscle mass in your seventies and eighties is just as possible for non-exercisers as master athletes. (…)