Senior Skiers Have Double Oxygen Uptake
No one is arguing that going up and down mountains per se is the key to extraordinary pulmonary health, but Swedish experts whose research revealed that lifelong skiers have twice the oxygen uptake as people who don’t exercise do think that many years of aerobic workouts can do the trick. Science Daily reports that researchers at Mid Sweden University and the Karolinska Institute studied seniors who are still active skiers, including some who were over 90 years old. The researchers found that maximum capacity for oxygen uptake is twice as great among active senior men compared with men who do not exercise. The results for the active seniors are comparable to values for men who are 40-50 years younger but do not exercise to improve their stamina. Analyses of muscle samples at the molecular and cell level reveal a profile similar to what is found in younger men.