How our exercise tolerance can change with age
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Exercise in later life: How it can make a difference

7 May 2014 Last updated at 07:55 BST

Exercise can feel much harder the older we get. But why does this happen and can we do anything to keep fighting fit?

Bruce Paton, a physiotherapist at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, explains how the heart and muscles change with age as a 30 and 70-year-old volunteers battle it out on the treadmill.

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