T cells in the blood, which indicate the ability of our immune system to fight infections, were at the same level in these octogenarian athletes as in someone 20 years old. It was also found that these amateur athletes did not lose muscle mass or strength, nor did they gain body fat, which are the usual symptoms of aging. Some of the retired volunteers had cholesterol and body fat levels for someone 60 years younger. If the sport were a pill, everyone would take it.

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