Lifelong Commitment Pays Off

If you think that staying committed to fitness pays off now, wait another 20 or 30 years. The release of various tissue-building hormones decreases with age, which can trigger muscle and bone loss. This is why most 70 year old men can't lift a 10 pound barbell over their heads. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that way. Research reported in the Journal of Sports Science Medicine uncovered dramatic differences in the growth factor levels of fit and unfit older men. The ones who stayed in good shape were able to increase their IGF-1 (a very important tissue-building hormone) output through exercise, while the unfit group of men could not.

The Bigger Picture.
You're always telling yourself that laying off your routine for a couple of months is no big deal. You can always get it back. To a degree, that's true. However, this study underscores the importance of a lifelong commitment to fitness. Make sure you enjoy the benefits of looking and feeling great now, and in the decades to come.
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#1
Dennis Mummert
Sep 17, 2007
I'm 69 and have been working out on a body building type routine since I was 20. I have noticed some decline in lift ability in the bench; can only do 180 these days with some ease. My other lifts are good. I would like to know what recommendation you might have for continued recouvery and slowing of the power lose. I actually work out in a gym in NM that has fellows doing excelent lifts that are 6 and 9 years older than I.
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Optimum
Sep 21, 2007
Thanks for your comments, Dennis. Keep watching our site for more 40+ fitness, nutrition and health tips. And keep up the good work!