Physical activity, aging, and physiological function

Stephen D. R. Harridge*, Norman R. Lazarus

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Abstract

Human evolution suggests that the default position for health is to be physically active. Inactivity, by contrast, has serious negative effects on health across the lifespan. Therefore, only in physically active people can the inherent aging process proceed unaffected by disuse complications. In such individuals, although the relationship between age and physiological function remains complex, function is generally superior with health, well being, and the aging process optimized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-161
Number of pages10
JournalPHYSIOLOGY
Volume32
Issue number2
Early online date22 Feb 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

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