The kind of exercise that can make you look 10 years younger
Living forever we still can't - and, let's face it, maybe this wasn't necessarily a big gift. What we can do is age well, healthy, and, according to a recent study, looking youthful.
In a publication in the journal Preventative Medicine, a team of researchers at Brigham Young University reveals a different way to let aging go later. The "magic formula", however, may not please many people, especially those who lead a more sedentary life.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is critical for our cells to have good health, and that means eating foods rich in nutrients, fiber and protein and low in sugars, fats and artificial substances.
Also, engaging in physical activity is critical for our cells to age at a slower rate. In this sense, the research found that what really works are high intensity exercises, practiced at least five days a week in sessions of 30 to 40 minutes.
Gotta get heavy
The most intense exercises protect the telomeres, which are the protein structures of the cells on our chromosomes. Each time a cell reproduces, it becomes shorter and the shorter it gets, the older we get.
The study evaluated data from 5, 823 adults participating in health and nutrition control for disease prevention - the telomere length of these individuals was assessed throughout the survey.
At the end of the comparative studies, scientists realized that people with shorter telomeres and, consequently, with more signs of cell aging, were those with more sedentary lifestyles. The individuals with longer and younger telomeres were those who engaged in intense physical activity and appeared to be younger than they actually were.
The study emphasized that only intense physical activity made a difference in the parameters evaluated - that is, walking and lighter physical exercises do not seem to contribute to the issue of appearance in relation to aging. It is important to emphasize, however, that these less intense activities are very relevant, yes, for the maintenance of a healthier life.
It is not yet known why intense exercise contributes to telomere lengthening, but the most widely accepted hypothesis today is that this type of activity suppresses the body's inflammatory response and avoids chemical imbalances that are harmful to these protein structures. .
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