Want to slow down the process of aging by a decade? Grab your sneakers and get ready to sweat!
We all know aging is inevitable but did you know there is a way to slow down its process?
The science actually pretty simple…
According to Preventative Medicine Journal, a team from Bingham Young University found that high-intensity workouts like sprinting five days a week for 30-40 minutes can help your cells appear at least 9 years younger.
Cellular aging is associated with “telomeres.” They are a protein that sit on the end of your chromosomes. Every time a cell replicates, they become shorter. The smaller they get, the more old we grow.
Editors note: Think of telomeres like the tape or metal at the end of a shoelace. If they got smaller and smaller each time you tied your shoes, the laces (DNA) would start to fray and eventually become unstable.
So How Do I Stay Young?
The research was based on a survey in which 5,823 adults participated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health.
The team discovered that people with shortest telomeres and so greatest signs of cellular aging were individuals that who lived a sedentary lifestyle. Those with intense activity had the youngest and longest telomeres.
Annoyingly, in this respect only quite stern levels of work out or physical activity seems to make a difference.
If you think that you can age nine years slower by walking to the shop each morning, forget it. According to the team, there are no significant differences in telomere length between couch potatoes and those with low/moderate workout levels.
The youth mechanism of telomere preservation is still unknown; it is more likely because exercise restrains harmful imbalances and inflammation that can damage the little hats of chromosomes.
It means – if you want to hold aging for a bit longer, you have to sweat for it.
We can’t beat the natural aging process (Editor note: I’m not sure if living forever is something anyone really wants), but yes we can delay it.
Further research is currently being done to uncover if very high intensity exercise is better than regular aerobic activities. High-intensity activity is great for patients with conditions like stroke, arthritis, heart disease, pulmonary disease and Parkinson’s disease too.