As we grow older, our bodies undergo many physiological changes as a result of the aging process. The transformations are natural but, in general, not positive ones. And some of them begin, not in our golden years, but in our thirties or even sooner. Conventional thought has been that all the ravages of aging are inevitable, automatically occurring as we mature and grow old.
Research Shows Deceleration of Aging is Possible
Is it possible that some of these detrimental physical changes could be prevented or slowed? According to recent research, exercise has the potential to counteract a good bit of the negative impact on muscles, joints, and arteries. One study conducted on mice in 2011 by the National Academies of Science demonstrated that exercise also protected against cataracts, kidney problems, and even premature death. Human studies carried out at Stanford University with data collected in 2002 and again in 2008 and results reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine compared runners with groups of people who exercised much less. Those in the latter group reflected a considerably higher death rate, as well as higher rates of disabilities, than those of the runners. The bottom line is to "keep movin'" as much of your body and for as long as you can.
Do you think that our elementary and high schools should be incorporating physical education into the curriculum? With budget cuts in the current educational systems, how can this be accomplished? What are some ways to inspire more Americans, such as the senior population (aging “baby-boomers”), to exercise?
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