These 70-Year-Olds Have Muscles and Lungs Like 20-Year-Olds—Here's Their Secret

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Scientists have found a group of people in their 70s who have muscles and aerobic capacities that would be the envy of healthy 20-somethings. In fact, when they compared them to a group of 20-year-olds, they were just as strong.

The simple anti-aging elixir they used was one we can all access—regular exercise. The catch is that these super-fit 70-year-olds kept it up for five decades.

To find these fitness superstars, researchers at Ball State University went looking for senior men and women who had begun exercising vigorously in the 1970s when jogging and fitness were a big trend. They located 28 people who began exercising in the 1970s and continued to work out at a high level every day for the next five decades. 

When researchers brought them into the lab to test muscles and aerobic capacity, the older crew had muscle strength as good as the youngsters. Their aerobic capacity was slightly lower but still impressive. Compared to a control group of people their own age who had not been as active, however. The high exercisers were fitness heroes. They had 40% greater lung capacity compared to their inactive peers.

Five decades of steady, strong exercise is a difficult prescription for those of us who already let a few decades go by. But there is hope.

Even starting exercise later in life does pay off.  Strength training is effective in keeping youthful muscle mass and balance to any age.

Your aerobic condition benefits from exercise as well, but it seems to need a bit more help. That's where nutrition comes in.

Adding natural life-enhancing herbs such as baikal skullcap to your daily routine could be your smartest move to keep up easy breathing. This herb derived from a flowering perennial that has been widely used in traditional medicine in Korea and China. It is used for upper respiratory tract infections, allergic rhinitis, and bronchial diseases.

Baikal skullcap is not easy to find. It doesn't even make the list of 100 most popular medicinal herbs, but it is an important ingredient in Renown Health's Isoprex.

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