Older people who have never taken part in sustained exercise programs have the same ability to build muscle mass as highly trained master athletes of a similar age, according to new research at the University of Birmingham.
In the study published in Frontiers in Physiology researchers at the University of Birmingham's School of Sports and Exercise Science compared muscle-building ability in two groups of older men. The first group were classed as 'master athletes' ̵
Each participant was given an isotope tracer, in the form of a drink of 'heavy' water, and then took part in a single Exercise weight training exercise machine. The researchers took biopsies from the participants in the 48-hour period just before and after the exercise, and
The researchers have said they would "muscle in a muscle" (1965).
"Our study clearly shows that it does not matter if you have not been a regular exerciser in your life, you can still derive benefit from exercise whenever you start, "says lead researcher, dr. Leigh Breen. Age-related frailty and muscle weakness.
"Current public health advice on strength training for older people is often quite vague. In their homes activities as a gardening, walking up and down stairs, or looking up a shopping bag take part in a regular exercise regime. "
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James McKendry et al, Comparative Council of Integrated Myofibrillar Protein Synthesis Between Endurance-Trained Master Athletes and Untrained Older Individuals, Frontiers in Physiology (2019). DOI: 10.3389 / fphys.2019.01084
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