Summary of “How Smart Exercise Keeps You Younger for Longer”

Getting on: ‘Physical decline as the body aged used to be seen as inevitable, not any more.
“Old age should burn and rave at close of day;/ Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Thomas raged over a pint pot, but the rage in this case is high-intensity training, bursts of challenging – yes, painful – exercise interspersed with periods of lesser exertion and rest.
This is the simple thesis of Play On: How to Get Better with Age by the American journalist and sports fan Jeff Bercovici.
“Ageing science supports that we should do high intensity every week, getting your heart rate up to at least 80% of its maximum,” says Bercovici.
As the writer Bill Gifford puts it in Spring Chicken, a 2015 tour of anti-ageing science, “Ageing makes us fat, and then our fat makes us age.
Elite sports performers continue to succeed well past the peak age for their sport, not because they train more but because they train more efficiently.
The Devon-based athlete will be just shy of her 45th birthday in August, yet age has not dulled her love of competition.
” Emma Stevenson, professor of sport and exercise at Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing, says it is all about functionality – living well, not just longer.

The orginal article.