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Aug 16, 2019

Regular exercise can slow down the effects of aging on your body! Thanks to some fascinating research, we now have a much better understanding on how a lifetime of exercise can help you overcome the effects of aging.

Founded in 1965, the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University in Indiana is one of the oldest exercise science labs in North America and for years has been on the cutting edge of research to identify the most effective methods for improving human performance.

In the fall of 2018, the Ball State Lab, led by Dr. Scott Trappe, published a study titled, "Cardiovascular and skeletal muscle health with lifelong exercise" which measured the benefits of lifelong participation in exercise by studying a population of 70 year-olds who have participated in exercise for a large majority of their adult lives. In addition, the study compared the physiology of the 70 year-olds to 20-somethings to see how the physiology of the older adults - effected by years of regular exercise - compared to the younger adults and the results were AMAZING!

On this episode of All About Fitness, Dr. Trappe, the director of the Ball State Human Performance Laboratory and the lead author of the study, joins me to discuss the research. Dr. Trappe provides important insights on the findings and shares his tips for how you can receive the long-term benefits of regular exercise. If you needed any additional motivation to get sweaty, this episode will have you reaching for your workout gear and heading for your favorite fitness facility!

Yes, the Ball State Human Performance Lab does have an Instagram page, find it here: @hplballstate

Exercise for each decade of the human lifespan - my blog post for the American Council on Exercise

How exercise can turn back the clock - my article on the effects of exercise on aging for the American Council on Exercise

To see which exercises Pete McCall does to help him slow down how aging affects his body, follow: @PeteMcCall_fitness on Instagram

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