New Case Study: What a 92-Year-Old Rower Teaches Us About Aging

January 17, 2024

… the evidence is pretty clear that the human body maintains the ability to adapt to exercise at any age.

Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University in Indiana, Scott Trappe, on a new case study focusing on a 92-year-old Irishman’s training, physiology and diet. Trappe was not involved in the research.

Name To Know: Richard Morgan, now 93, began regularly exercising in his 70s and shows the lung, muscle and heart wellness of people significantly younger. Morgan’s primary workout is indoor rowing, which he took up at age 73; he has won four world championships since then.

Why It Matters: The case study explores how Morgan’s late-life exercise impacts his aging body and helps researchers better understand the aging process in relation to physical activity. “Exercise won’t erase the effects of aging. But it may slow our bodies’ losses, Morgan’s example seems to tell us. It may flatten the decline,” explains The Washington Post in an analysis on the case study.

Physical activity goes beyond the body and helps the mind, too. According to Morgan, “There is a certain pleasure in achieving a world championship. I started from nowhere, and I suddenly realized there was a lot of pleasure in doing this.

Read More: At 93, he’s as fit as a 40-year-old. His body offers lessons on aging. (The Washington Post)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas