I just read a fantastic article from the New York Times, which stated that exercise slows the aging process. I said to myself “You think?”
This study focused specifically on our Telomeres, which are found inside our cells. These Telomeres sit on the end of our DNA strands like little caps, which fray with the natural aging process. This shortening and fraying process is accelerated by things such as smoking, drinking, being overweight, and other naughty lifestyle habits that some of us (not you of course) partake in.
Most of the studies done in the past were very narrow and included only elderly people. Now they are taking it further to discern whether multiple age groups doing a variety of different types of exercise also show positive effects on their Telomeres.
Researchers gathered data from approximately 6,500 participants in a very broad survey about their exercise habits. What they discovered was people who did weight training or did even moderate exercise, had significantly longer Telomeres than those who barely exercised or didn't exercise at all.
So, even though there is limited science backing this evidence, you know what I would say, “Exercise anyway!” The benefits of exercise are exponential, and in my opinion, that's a prescription to keep you looking and feeling young and vibrant for a long time to come. Of course, there are many other things that go along with that, like getting plenty of good, deep sleep, drinking enough water, eating clean food, having a positive attitude and so on.
If you don't like to exercise, or you are bored with your current routine, mix it up and find something you like. Exercise doesn't have to equal suffering. Invite some friends to join you; take up a dance class, if that's your thing. Whatever you do, make sure you are moving your body at least 5-6 days per week. Your Telomeres will thank you.