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Physical activity and aging

T. D. Noakes
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 39, No 4 | a826 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v39i4.826 | © 2018 T. D. Noakes | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 October 2018 | Published: 31 December 1983

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T. D. Noakes, Metropolitan Sport Science Centre, Department of Physiology, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Abstract

The effects of exercise on aging are discussed under 4 headings viz. whether there is evidence that exercise might delay aging, the physiological and biochemical factors that alter with age, how exercise training influences these factors and ends with advice on how to start exercising at an older age. The author concludes that regular exercise is of great benefit to preserve physical well-being into old age.


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