Your lungs and legs may be just as efficient as they once were.
In the Wednesday edition of The New York Times, there is a story about the results published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research regarding aging. In the study, researchers from the University of New Hampshire recruited 51 competitive runners, ranging in age from 18 to 77.
“Competitive runner” was defined as someone who trained regularly and had placed in the top three in their age group at a local 5K or 10K.
The goal of the study was to examine running economy with the assumption that the older you get, the less efficient a runner you are. The researchers were surprised to find that runners aged 60 and over were just as physiologically economical as younger runners who were in their 20s and 30s.
“Economical runners perform better than less-economical runners. And contrary to our expectations, economy did not decline with age,” said professor Timothy Quinn, one of the researchers.
Quinn said the results are encouraging for older runners. It appears aging lungs and legs can be just as efficient as younger ones.
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