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5 Ways in Which Exercise Keeps Your Aging Muscles Young

How exercise keep you young and stops aging

They say the keys to a happy and long life is a healthy diet and good amount of exercise. Whilst diet helps regulate all essential chemical nutrient levels in the body, exercise manages to keep the physical aspects and interpretations of those in check. 

Gretchen Reynolds reported a study in a New York Times article on exercise and its correlation with the process of aging by stating that any form and amount of exercise contributes to slowing the aging process deep within the cells of our body. Perhaps the most critical time to initiate the process of slowing down aging has to be somewhere around your middle age. Now is as good a time as any to kick start your journey to be healthy and fit because exercise can truly slow down aging in the following ways. Let's get started.  

Telomere Preservation

Telomeres are used to determine a cell's biological age by referring to the telomere's length. Assumed to play a role in protecting DNA, telomeres can be compared to caps present at the ends of DNA strands that wear out as the cells age over time. Whilst age is assumed to be the only causative factor for this fraying and shrinking, other factors include systemic illnesses such as diabetes, extrinsic factors such as smoking, obesity and even insomnia. According to research however, people with healthy lifestyles have exhibited longer telomeres than those who lead sedentary lifestyles.

Extends Lifespan

A Harvard Health Publication article was published which studied the mortality rates in men who exercised. Men who initially led a lethargic life but started exercising as they approached their middle age accounted for a 24% decrease in death rate than their lethargic colleagues who did not exercise. The study also assessed the maximum benefits of exercise to be achieved by walking for approximately 45 minutes daily at a speed of 17 minutes per mile. 

Heart and Health

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death globally regardless of gender. Exercise not only helps to strengthen the heart but it also helps prevent mobility loss owing to aging as well as dementia. 

Better Skin

While people may assume external factors are the main reason behind skin aging, exercise happens to contribute to skin aging reversal. A study published in the New York Times researched on subjects with ages ranging from 20 t0 85. In the study, the participants exercised daily for 3 hours. Regardless of age, results were evident in all participants exhibiting younger looking skin. 

​Brain Health Betterment

A healthy brain contributes to good memory and thinking and the brain supports the development of new brain cells.  

​Anti-inflammatory Properties

Exercise helps prevents any harmful effects of inflammation. Inflammation is associated with multiple illnesses including heart disease, cancer, arthritis, etc. All of the aforementioned illnesses seriously affect an individual's overall health disrupting their quality of life and eventually leading to lifespan reduction.

Aging is an eventual process. The least we can do is prolong its arrival and reduce its aftereffects in order to live a better, longer and healthier life.

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