Unlike a "control group" of adults who did not get regular exercise, the cyclists did not have loss of muscle mass or strength, did not have age-related increases in body fat or cholesterol levels, and their immune systems were as robust as much younger people.
People often look to exercise to keep their hearts fit and weight down, but a new study says that fitness is the key to keeping your immune system young and healthy-but only if you're active for a lifetime. The men had to be able to cycle 100km (62 miles) in under six and a half hours, while the women had to be able to cycle 60km (37 miles) in five and a half hours.
All the more shockingly, the counter aging impacts of cycling seemed to reach out to the immune system. Be that as it may, the thymuses of more seasoned cyclists were observed to create the same number of T-cells as those of youngsters.
According to Professor Janet Lord, Director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the University of Birmingham, this study proves what Hippocrates said in 400 BC - exercise being man's best medicine. What was an important takeaway from this study she explained, was that ageing does not automatically make humans frail, lack of exercise on the other hand is associated with the problems of ageing. "Our exploration implies we now have solid proof that urging individuals to focus on normal exercise for the duration of their lives is a practical answer for the issue that we are living longer yet not more beneficial".
The non-practicing bunch comprised of 75 sound individuals aged 57 to 80 and 55 youthful grown-ups aged 20 to 36.
"Their bodies have been allowed to age optimally, free from the problems usually caused by inactivity".
Norman Lazarus, Emeritus Professor at King's College London and also a master cyclist and Dr. Ross Pollock, who undertook the muscle study, both agreed that: "Most of us who exercise have nowhere near the physiological capacities of elite athletes". Almost everybody can partake in an exercise that is in keeping with their own physiological capabilities. For example thymus - an organ that makes immune cells called the T cells in the twenties and thereafter shrinks with age, remained healthy and active in these older adults who regularly exercised. "You will reap the rewards in later life by enjoying an independent and productive old age".
The latest study was published Thursday in the journal Aging Cell and built on a previous work by the researchers published in 2015.
The researchers are planning to continue study the cyclists.