To what extent can a good exercise programme help to recover lost muscle in people over 70 who, while very fit and active, have not exercised regularly in earlier years?
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A proper exercise routine, including strength training, can be extremely beneficial and helpful to anyone, including the elderly. You should always consult your physician before beginning an exercise routine to see if you are healthy enough to perform it, especially if you have heart, lung, or other ailments.
"Geriatric Times" published an interesting article on this in 2005.
From the Guardian:
He had an athletic past, but as mentioned elsewhere, the science shows that any physical activity, particularly balance, strength, and mobility training, is of particular benefit for geezers.