alive logo
foodfamilylifestylebeautysustainabilityhealthimmunity

Active Healing

Share

As we age, many things slow down; so is it possible to maintain the rate at which injuries and wounds heal? That's the question a group of researchers from the Ohio State University asked when they decided to observe wound healing rates in a group of exercising older adults in comparison to that of a non-exercising control group

As we age, many things slow down; so is it possible to maintain the rate at which injuries and wounds heal? That's the question a group of researchers from the Ohio State University asked when they decided to observe wound healing rates in a group of exercising older adults in comparison to that of a non-exercising control group. This three-month study looked at the effects of exercise on wound healing among healthy older adults. All participants had not exercised regularly for six months so the 28 participants who were encouraged to exercise were given one month to acclimatize to a new exercise program that included 30 minutes of pedalling on a stationary bike, 15 minutes jogging or brisk walking on a treadmill, and 15 minutes of strength training. Fifteen participants acted as controls by not changing their level of physical activity. All then underwent a small puncture wound about half a centimetre across and deep on the back of the upper arm. Individual wounds were measured three times a week until fully healed. Regular exercisers took only 29 days to heal, while nonexercisers took up to 10 days longer to recover. From these results, researchers have speculated that exercise may speed wound healing by enhancing neuroendocrine function, meaning that healthier individuals have a higher body function that helps the body heal faster.

Ad
Advertisement
Advertisement

READ THIS NEXT

Wisdom of the Heart

Wisdom of the Heart

The faces and facets of EQ

Deena Kara Shaffer

Deena Kara Shaffer

10 Reasons to Eat More Cranberries

10 Reasons to Eat More Cranberries

This small fruit comes packed with big benefits

Laura Newton

Laura Newton