There’s no point denying it, because on some level each of us want to slow down the ageing process and stay younger for longer. I’m not saying we want to go back on some time travelling machine to when we were in our 20s or 30s, but I think most of us would want our bodies to stay healthy, strong and young-looking for as long as possible.
Now a new study reveals that there is a simple and effective way to help slowdown at least one type of the ageing… the kind that happens inside your cells.
30 minutes fast
Researchers at Brigham Young University found that people who have consistently high levels of physical activity have significantly longer telomeres than those who have sedentary lifestyles, as well as those who are moderately active.
Telomeres are the protein end-caps of our chromosomes. They’re like our biological clock and they’re extremely correlated with age; each time a cell replicates, we lose a tiny bit of the end-caps. Therefore, the older we get, the shorter our telomeres.
In the study, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, Exercise science Professor Larry Tucker found that adults who engage in high physical activity are biologically up to 9 years younger based on the length of their telomeres, compared to those who live sedentary lives.
Tucker added: “Just because you’re 40, doesn’t mean you’re 40 years old biologically. We all know people that seem younger than their actual age. The more physically active we are, the less biological ageing takes place in our bodies.”
The bottom line: No matter what your age, based on the findings of this latest study, you can tap into the fountain of youth by doing high-intensity exercise for 30 minutes a day, five days a week for women and 40 minutes for men.
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High levels of exercise linked to nine years of less aging at the cellular level, published online 10.05.17, sciencedaily.com