With 105 years and a vitality that surprises everyone, the Frenchman Robert Marchand has just beat the world record for speed cycling for centenarians, after cycling around 22.5 kilometers at the velodrome of Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines. Despite having overcome two World Wars and lived in countries as different as Canada, Venezuela or his native France, his physical form seems to resist in an enviable way, due to “do sports daily, eat lots of fruit and vegetables, do not drink too much coffee or alcohol and don’t smoke cigarettes”, Marchand says.
Science seems to agree with him. A recent study in mice has shown that any exercise is good for the heart, affecting the genetic activity of our cardiac cells. In relation to the lifestyle, there are also studies that emphasize that social skills are linked to a greater life expectancy. Mr. Marchand’s friends define him as “very optimistic and sociable”, two characteristics that have contributed to his long life in full fitness.
The example of this long-lived superman teaches us that although aging is an inevitable process, it is possible to delay it in the best physical, psychological and social conditions. To make it, the length of our telomeres is a key marker in cellular aging, playing a fundamental role in the development of neurodegenerative, cardiac or oncological diseases.