How long can exercise-induced health benefits offer protection against inactivity-related chronic diseases?

Gary McCall

March 7, 2013

Were you physically active throughout your childhood and early adulthood, and perhaps even played competitive sports? What will happen to your health if you adopt a sedentary lifestyle while consuming a poor diet as you become “too busy” to exercise given the demands of your career, family, and other commitments? Will the physical fitness of your youth offer a protective advantage against developing inactivity-related lifestyle diseases, or will you inevitably succumb to Sedentary Death Syndrome? My seminar will explore these questions and outline a series of experiments aimed to explore the mechanisms for the deterioration of physiological function toward chronic metabolic and cardiovascular diseases when reduced physical activity and poor diet follow a period of regular physical training.