Within the health and fitness industry, there has been a large amount of research looking into different forms of exercise and their ability to improve health and even extend life expectancy. Previous research has shown that running can reduce signs of ageing, but now, new research has found that there is a definite link between cardiovascular performance and life expectancy.
Researchers at Cleveland Clinic committed to a lengthy study that looked at over 122,000 patients who underwent treadmill training between 1991 – 2014; allowing them to look into the impact of exercise on lowering mortality rate. When analysing the results, the researchers found that increased cardiorespiratory fitness resulted in longer life.
Cleveland Clinic Cardiologist, Wael Jaber, M.D has said that aerobic exercise proved to have the greatest benefit on reducing mortality rate. Down to this, he went on to say; “Aerobic fitness is something that most patients can control. And we found in our study that there is no limit to how much exercise is too much.” These findings are huge for Personal Trainers and other fitness professionals, as they are able to focus on aerobic exercise to help clients see continuous results from their training.
Wael Jaber, M.D went on to say “Everyone should be encouraged to achieve and maintain high fitness levels.” and this is something that has been echoing around the fitness industry for a while, as the benefits of fitness are huge, yet so many people miss out on them by not being active enough, which then leads to further health problems.
With many Personal Trainers getting Older Adult fitness qualifications to become qualified to train more people, this research could be hugely beneficial, as those with these qualifications are able to use aerobic training with clients to not only keep them fit but also lower their risk of death.
Many people, especially over 55’s do not commit to exercise down to the fear of getting injured, so it is common for a lot of people to become inactive and as a result, unfit. This is why older adults should get a Personal Trainer, as they are able to train, and know that their sessions and safe and manageable.
Lead Author of the study, Kyle Mandsager said that they “Were particularly interested in the relationship between extremely high fitness and mortality” as the “Relationship has never been looked at using objectively measured fitness, and on such a large scale.” To find out more, they split the participants into different groups based on exercise intensity; allowing them to easily analyse the results.
When concluding the study, researchers found that those who were at the most extreme fitness levels saw the best results, especially among those over the age of 70; proving that intense and extreme rates of exercise can be hugely beneficial to health, even at older age. The results even showed that ‘elite performers’ saw a 30% reduced mortality rate compared to ‘high-intensity’ performers.
Overall, the research has allowed fitness professionals to get a reliable insight into the relationship between aerobic exercise and risk of death, which makes it easier for Personal Trainers to help reduce their clients’ risk of death. Due to this, the fitness industry is now able to do more to help combat health problems across the UK.
If you are looking to get involved with keeping people fit, take a look at our industry-recognised fitness qualifications to find the right course for you to become an accredited fitness professional. If you want to train older adults, you will need a Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification before you can get your Level 3 Fitness for Older Adult qualification. If you want to find out more, get in touch with our team, who will be able to help you find the right course for you.