When people offer the colloquialism “It will make you feel young again,” they are often describing the short-term spike in energy following a particular activity. Whether it’s the euphoria of riding a rollercoaster or the caffeine boost from a double-shot of espresso, the feeling usually dissipates, making the saying somewhat ironic. One of the distinct marks of youth is constant energy that returns not long after it fades.

Although Father Time remains undefeated, there is more good news for current members of Generation Active. The lifestyle trends of consistent exercise bode well for heart health and the sustained bouts of energy that diminish in old age, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

The researchers at Ball State University who conducted the study analyzed the health of the heart, lungs, and muscles among a group of individuals in their 70’s and found that their state was comparable to those of people in their 40’s.

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Article written by: Zac Howard