I am pretty sure you know how good exercise is for you. You’ve even made some significant changes in your life to fit the ideal definition of fit-spo. Workout clothes, supplements, sneakers, sports bras, all check. Smoothies, salad, protein, check and check. But sadly, you (and us all) still lack a bit of motivation some days.
Don't worry I’m nodding my head too. Interestingly, I found a direct correlation between knowledge and motivation. The more knowledge I gained about my body the more motivation I had to work out and stick to making healthier changes. All the research added up until I was so mindblown that literally over night I made a quantum leap into being an exercise / fitness addict. I am hoping to have the same affect on you too (wink, wink).
Slow Down Aging
When we think of fitness, we picture youth. This image of youth is not just a dream but very achievable. Yes, we can maintain this youth through out our lifetime no matter our age.
New research from Brigham Young University reveals you may be able to slow aging inside your cells if you are ready to sweat your heart out. Just because you’re 45 doesn’t mean your body is 45 biologically and you have to look 45. The more physically active you are, the less biological ageing takes place in our bodies.
Here's How This Works
People who consistently have high levels of physical activity have significantly longer telomeres than those who have sedentary lifestyles, as well as those who are moderately active.
Telomeres are the protein endcaps of our chromosomes. They're like our biological clock and they're extremely correlated with age. Each time a cell replicates, we lose a tiny bit of the endcaps. Therefore, the older we get, the shorter our telomeres. Adults with high physical activity levels have telomeres with a biological aging advantage of nine years over those who are sedentary, and a seven-year advantage compared to those who are moderately active. If you want to see a real difference in slowing your biological aging, it appears that a little exercise won't cut it. You have to work out regularly at high levels.
Started From The Bottom Now We Here
Aging is a biological process that goes all the way down to our cells, not just the wrinkles on our face. Same as with anti-aging. This is why creams, lotions and potions don’t really work and keep their promise of anti-aging. And this is why intense exercise works from the ground up. Intense exercise changes who you are from the very foundation, starting from each individual cells.
Magnify this process of cell anti-aging to a larger level and you have organs which are younger longer. Take this anti-aging to an even larger level and you as a whole person are ageing slower. With organs, cells and systems functioning 7 to 9 years younger than your real age, you not only look younger but biologically are younger than your age. And this is the true secret to anti-age and looking younger. Ditch those expensive creams and invest your time, energy and funds into creating an intense workout routine which works for you.
Remember the key is to go intense on a regular basis Follow this with clean eating and you’ve got yourself strength gains followed by beauty gains. Food is the raw material our body needs to repair, recover and function optimally. Our goal is to thrive not just survive - and, of course, preserve that youthful health!
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Source:Brigham Young University
- Larry A. Tucker. Physical activity and telomere length in U.S. men and women: An NHANES investigation. Preventive Medicine, 2017; 100: 145 DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.04.027