TOKYO (majirox news) — According to a study by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), exercising in your school years can help you maintain your strength and endurance as you age and be just as strong as someone 20 years younger. MEXT compared the physical strength of men and women from 20 to 64 years of age.
The perfect score on the fitness test was 60 points. The test was given to men who were physically active in their school years, including college, and results showed that those from 45 to 49 years old scored 35.85 points compared to 35.43 points for those 25 to 29 years of age who did not join sports in school. There was almost no difference in their physical strength.
On the other hand, women 45 to 49 years of age who were physically active in their school years scored 36.17 points compared to 34.67 points to women from 20 to 24 years of age who were not active in school; the older women scored 1.5 points higher.
Another benefit of being active during your school days is that, as you age, it is easier to continue with sports such as jogging, swimming, cycling, or going to the gym.
Kyoko Takanaka, 65, has been active all her life and can power lift an amazing 55 kilograms (121) pounds). She looks about half her age and her muscles are taut and toned. “I don’t know how long I can keep it up, but I will always challenge myself,” she said.
In other words, the study proved that regular exercise throughout your life keeps you strong.
“It is important to experience athletics throughout your school time as it leads to maintaining physical strength and a better quality life,” said a spokesperson for MEXT.