Functional fitness has exploded in popularity with the rise of CrossFit, F45 and similar workouts, but it’s by no means a fad. These types of exercises develop the strength and mobility you need for daily activities like picking up heavy objects, putting something on a high shelf and even getting up from the floor.
As people age, they lose the ability to perform these everyday tasks due to decreased bone density and muscle mass and increased inflammation and joint degeneration, among other things, according to the Merck Manual.
However, a November 2019 study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology shows that exercising may help delay some of the signs of aging — so much so that the muscle cells of older men closely resembled the muscle cells of 25-year-old men. Strength training in particularStrength training helps combat many age-related issues, such as the loss of strength, mobility and bone density. By Amanda Capritto
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