Being a world-class distance runner in your youth does not guarantee that you will be fit and healthy in retirement. But it helps, according to a new study that followed a group of elite American runners for 45 years.
The study’s findings raise interesting questions about how we can and should age and the role that youthful activity might play in our health later in life.
Aging is one of the great mysteries of life and science. Its chronology is clear: With each passing year, we are a year older. But the biology of the process is murky. Scientists remain uncertain about how and why our bodies change as we age and to what extent such changes are inevitable or mutable.
In other words, we do not know whether aging as most of us now experience it is normal for the human species or not.