How Exercise Slows Down Aging

How Exercise Slows Down Aging
You probably know exercise makes you look and feel better. But did you know that getting up and moving around on a regular basis can make you look younger?

Recent research has found that physical exercise can turn back the clock and make every cell in your body younger. That should be enough motivation to get started being more physically active, wouldn’t you agree?

If you’re already active, that’s great! But maybe it’s time take your exercise program to the next level. If you’re not already overdoing it, it won’t hurt. Like Willy Nelson once said, “Too much is never enough.”

And if you never exercised or stopped sometime in the past for one reason or another, it’s never too soon or too late to get started. Exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps you manage weight, lower blood pressure, battle depression and reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and certain specific cancers.
Here are four amazing anti-aging benefits of regular physical exercise.

One – Improved Agility. A recent British study, published in The Journal of Physiology, demonstrated that older people, ages 55 to 79, who cycled on a regular basis did as well as much younger people on specific aging tests. They also had the metabolic health, balance and reflexes of much younger adults. Having the balance and agility of younger people is crucial as you age, when falls can be debilitating.

Two – Healthy Skin. A McMaster University team tested the skin of adults over the age of 40 and found those who exercised on a regular basis had skin comparable to younger adults in the 20 to 30 age range. Even those adults over age 65 who jogged or cycled at 65% of their maximum aerobic capability for three months came to have skin similar to 20 to 40 year olds.

Three – New Brain Cells. Exercise has been found to help prevent brain shrinkage associated with aging and promote neurogenesis or the formation of new brain cells. In one study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, adults who exercised on a regular basis for at least a year physically increased the size of their memory center (hippocampus), turning their brain’s clock back by a couple of years.

Four – Exercise Slows Down Aging of Cells. Dean Ornish, M.D., founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, recently published a paper in Lancet Oncology showing that exercise lengthens the protective cap of each chromosome. This little cap, called a telomere, controls how fast body cells age. Dr. Ornish asserts having a longer telomere as an effect of exercise results in a longer, healthier life.

Think about it! Exercise may be the “Fountain of Youth” everyone is looking for. Maybe it’s time to jump in and get your feet wet.

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