Workouts, your DNA, and
Anti aging workouts not only make you look and feel younger, they
actually make you younger at a cellular level. At least, this
is what I learned from an article I just read. Let me explain
(as best as a layman can, at any rate).
Our bodies genetic blueprint, what determines everything about us, is
encoded in our chromosomes. Telomeres are a region of
repetitive DNA at the end of those chromosomes. Their role is
to essentially protect the important parts of our DNA from harm.
Throughout our lives, our chromosomes are constantly splitting and
reforming. As we age and due to this splitting, our telomeres
shrink in size. All other things being equal, the older you
are, the shorter your telomeres become. This is why their
size can reveal much about your biological age.
Anti Aging Workouts and the Twin Study
Here's what a recent study of 2400 twins revealed. Those
twins that engaged in 30 minutes of exercise everyday had telomeres
that appeared to be 10 years younger than their genetically identical
siblings who engaged in physical activity only 16 minutes a
week! Vigorous exercise actually helps the body reform the
telomeres, which helps protect your DNA, thereby keeping your cells
What this Means for You
I think the conclusions from this are fairly obvious.
Exercise not only keeps you looking and feeling young, but more
importantly, it keeps your cells young as well! What kind of
workouts should you engage in? Well, I suggest you take a
look around this site. I think you know what I'm going to
If you have
any questions, or if you want to correct me on my weak understanding of
telomeres, feel free to write me using the Contact
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