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Active Voice: Metabolic Adaptations in Older Men Following a 14-Day Regimen of Prolonged Exercise

from By Thomas H. Morville, M.D., B.S.

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Thomas H. Morville, M.D., B.S., is a Ph.D. student working in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He is a medical doctor and holds a bachelor’s degree in sport science. His current research areas include aerobic fitness, muscular strength and metabolic regulation in relation to cholesterol-lowering medication.

This commentary presents Dr. Morville’s views on the topic of a research article that he and his colleagues had pubished in the February 2017 issue of
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

Very prolonged exercise is becoming increasingly popular among both younger and older individuals who constantly seek to push the limits of physical performance and the associated environmental challenges. The regulation of energy metabolism during and after exercise of shorter duration has been investigated thoroughly, but less is known when it comes to exercise of very prolonged duration. Moreover, there is lack of knowledge as to how older individuals tolerate and adapt to performing these prolonged exercise challenges. more

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