The effects of ageing on exercise

We know that exercise helps to slow the effects of ageing. But what of the effects of ageing on our ability to exercise?

Ageing brings with it to the exercise table the following negative effects:

  • Reduced strength
  • Reduced magnitude of reflex responses
  • Slowing of rapid reactions
  • Increased postural instability
  • Reduced postural control
  • Reduced control of submaximal force
  • Reduced manipulative capacities and fine motor skills

But the news gets better.

EVERY SINGLE one of the above points can be improved by exercise. Every one. The key is consistency. There is no exercise bank that you can keep making withdrawals from long after you have stopped training. Exercise is a lifelong pursuit. The older you get, the harder it is to get the same results. But maintenance is easy.

Just stick with it.

Dan Williams

Dan Williams


Dan Williams is the Director of Range of Motion. He has a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Science) and a Postgraduate Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science from The University of Western Australia, with minors in Biomechanics and Sport Psychology. He has worked with many thousands of individuals along the full spectrum of health, and has coached at The CrossFit Games. He regularly presents to corporate and fitness industry groups and mentors Fitness Professionals.