No matter what type of exercise you do, it will be beneficial to the body. When you exercise, a “ripple effect” is sent throughout the body. (Almost like a “feel good” stimulant.) The endorphins released are the positive kind, which give the brain great vibes to keep you in a great mind of focus. Not only that, the physical activity and stress on the body slows down the progression of many diseases that could come with old age. Alzheimer’s, which is one of the most dreaded diseases many elderly adults, is slowed down due to the increased blood flow to the brain. The rigorous blood flow removes the toxic compounds which can cause the negative effects of aging.
Even if the diseases are slowed or closely prevented, is that really keeping you young? The short answer is no. What is actually keeping you young is the effect exercise has on cells. As you age, cells continually divide (and get shorter) until they no longer can. This copying can only occur so much before we die. However, exercising slows this process down, keeping the cells from getting shorter and prolong the life of a cell. A compound named NRF1, which is released during vigorous activity, protect the cells.
No longer is the yearning for a fountain of youth needed in our society. The closest we can get to the so called “fountain of youth” is to step into a gym, take a walk in the park, and make exercise part of our daily routine. The strain on the body releases positive endorphins, prevents diseases, and gives a longer life span on cells. No matter what age, gender, weight, or height you are, any of us can add some time to our life with exercise. Get out there, exercise, enjoy life, and add some time!