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Is it really possible to train for that 100-year milestone?

New concept of 'Centenarian Olympics' allows humans to die young at an old age


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'Centenarian Olympics', a personal competition against the body's natural decline.

The prize is living your best life, even after a century.

“Despite all the preparation and trying to prevent diseases, there’s no guarantee to reach 100.”

"But strength is key to staying physically independent later in life."

Research suggests even minor improvements in muscular strength allow independence, strength.

As well as to push back frailty and instability in a person.

People can lose up to 5% of their muscle mass every decade after the age of 30.

UK statistics: third to half of current population to reach 100 as we go further into 21st Century.

Survey across 21 countries reveal people's biggest fear on ageing is becoming dependent.

Training for our later years may help us face our fears of growing old head-on.

Advise is to also to be positive, have passions and appreciate the “magic moments” in life.

Included research from Harvard Medical School and University of Oxford.

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George Leeson

Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing.

Harvard Medical School

Graduate medical school of Harvard University


Family medicine practice

Mark Hyman

Chairman, Institute for Functional Medicine and New York Times best-selling author

Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

Multi-disciplinary group with aim to undertake research into the implications of population change

Susan Wilder

CEO and founder, Lifescape

University of Oxford

Collegiate research university and one of the world's leading universities

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Centenarians, Exercise