Reading the article, “How Exercise Keeps You Young” by Alice Park, really opened my eyes. Yes, I know that you always hear that you should exercise to improve your health blah...blah...blah, but it’s very true! Exercise is so beneficial in so many ways and people tend to overlook that. There is more and more evidence coming in everyday that proves Park’s point.
There is no supernatural food that can slow down your aging process, but exercise seems to be the best choice for anyone. Evidence shows that physical activity will keep a steady blood flow to your brain, that results in removing toxic compounds that can cause aging and early death of cells. The facts are all around us, yet we still choose to ignore them; and my question is, “For what!”
There is so much rave about staying young, and you always hear your great aunt Sally saying, “Well if I was younger I would have…” etc…. You can always stay that younger you, and feel like that younger you. Physical activity does not only keep you young but it allows you to fight off diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a irreversible disease but with exercise one can SLOW it down. Now this personally hits home for me because this certain disease runs throughout my family, and since it does, you will catch me running on a treadmill at the gym every single day for the rest of my everlasting life.
Exercise hacks the aging process!
Okay this is simply science; in order to stay young you need to keep your cells young. When your cells divide over and over again it quickens the aging process, until the cells slow down and stop dividing all together. Now when a cell divides, it copies DNA, and causes sections of the chromosomes, called telomeres, to get shorter. Until recently, it was a little foggy on how physical activity affects this whole process, yet Belgian researchers reached a break through! They found a compound called nuclear respiratory factor. This compound protects telomeres from getting shorter. Researchers have discovered that physical activity can play a role in nuclear respiratory factor (NRF1).
It seems like physical activity is the key to a lot of problems.
So no matter the age, physical activity can keep you feeling and looking young and healthy. So grab your canes and weights and power walk down your community!