Lead author, Casper Soendenbroe, University of Copenhagen, Denmark said: “This is the first study in humans to find that lifelong exercise at a recreational level could delay some detrimental effects of ageing.
“Using muscle tissue biopsies, we’ve found positive effects of exercise on the general ageing population.
“Our study is more representative of the general population aged 60 and above, as the average person is more likely to take part in a mixture of activities at a moderate level.
“That’s why we wanted to explore the relation between satellite cell content and muscle health in recreationally active individuals.
“We can now use this as a biomarker to further investigate the link between exercise, ageing and muscle health.”