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The new research published by the University of Birmingham suggests that people who are entirely unfamiliar to exercise can benefit from resistance exercises such as weight training. Moreover, the study highlights that older people who have never taken part in exercise programmes have the same ability to build muscle mass as highly trained athletes of a similar age.

The study was published in Frontiers in Physiology and it compared muscle-building ability in two different groups of older men. The first group were classed as ‘master athletes’ – people in their 70s and 80s who are lifelong exercisers and still competing at top levels in their sport. The second group consisted of healthy individuals of a similar age, who had never participated in structured exercise programmes.

EuropeActive is fully concerned about getting more people, more active, more often. The Promoting Physical Activity for Healthy Ageing (PAHA) project was constructed around the delivery of controlled, structured exercise programmes for 55-65-year-old who were presently inactive. The project was implemented in7 countries to encourage them to take part in a trial of supervised activity to exercise at the recommended level to their health.