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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

STEP IT UP

from the Physiological Society

When its cold outside, some of us don’t have the motivation to be physically active. It’s more comfortable and probably warmer on the couch. That is a problem. British researchers found that after two weeks of reduced physical activity, older adults lose significant amounts of muscle which coincides with possible gains in body fat. They studied both young adults and seniors. Both groups lost equal amounts of muscle size and strength after two weeks, but older participants had less muscle and more fat to begin with. Something else happened to the elderly, but not the younger people—their cardiorespiratory function declined. The authors reported to the Physiological Society that elderly people should aim to keep up their step count this winter. HARMFUL

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