The Importance of Post Exercise Recover, After Age 60

The Not Old Better Show Fitness Friday Interview Series

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2019 The Not Old Better Show, Fitness Friday Series. Image: AdobeStock

Welcome to The Not Old Better Show, I’m Paul Vogelzang, and this is episode #402.

Our show today is part of our Fitness Friday series, and it’s another great one in our Fitness Friday programs. We’ll be hearing from returning guest, Sabrena Jo.

When we talk about fitness with Sabrena Jo (left) on The Not Old Better Show, we talk a lot about “activity,” but not a lot about recovery from activity. As Sabrena Jo reminds us, and our audience knows this well, as we get older we tend to spend less time in physical activity than when we were younger, and even less time recovering from the limited activity we do do.

Sabrena Jo, Director of Science and Research Content for the American Council on Exercise, tells us that recovery from exercise depends on many biochemical, hormonal, and physiological processes that can affect the repair and remodeling of protein in muscles and connective tissue. It’s quite complex and involves immediate recovery after exercise and slower recovery over the next 24 to 72 hours.

Research on age-related muscle recovery has produced inconsistent results. Some studies have found that in older (“masters”) athletes, muscles recover more slowly than in their younger counterparts, while other studies have found similar recovery rates between older and younger athletes. It may depend, in part, on the type of exercise. Older athletes tend to recover better from intense cycling, for example than from exercise like running, which leads to greater muscle damage. Of course, all this depends on the age of the athletes (there’s almost always a big difference between a 40-year-old and a 70-year-old), how fit they are, and genetic factors.

“Older athletes and fitness clients need to be aware of fatigue, but never to the point of exhaustion. Pain doesn’t equal results!” — Sabrena Jo

Sabrena Jo, ACE Fitness Director of Science and Research Content is here today to talk giving muscles a day off to recover between workouts. For instance, do a lower-body workout one day, upper-body the next day. Or alternate days of strength training with days of cardio workouts. We’ll talk about much more related to exercise recovery today like eating, drinking and protein, so please join me in welcoming to The Not Old Better Show via internet phone, ACE Fitness’ Sabrena Jo.

My thanks always to Sabrena Jo, ACE Director of Science and Research Content for joining us today. Of course, my thanks to you, my wonderful Not Old Better Show audience. Please keep your emails coming to me with show ideas, suggestions, and comments: @

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