You must have heard a phrase; by drinking this or eating that, you would live forever. However, all of us know that it isn’t true, and that it can only happen in the movies, not in real life.
On the other hand, there are a few people out there that may have figured it out – meaning; they can technically live forever, yet, we still believe that this is something that’s entirely beyond the capabilities of humankind.
However, a team from Brigham Young University has discovered a strange way to slow down aging, but it comes with a genuinely frustrating catch.
Age may be defined as how many times each of us has orbited the Sun, but our cells don’t necessarily age in the same way.
For instant; If we have an unhealthy lifestyle, our cells worsen quicker than if we have a more pious style of living. It’s far less fun that way, but it’s a fact, like it or not.
However, this new study has revealed that this exercise, of all things, allows our cells to age far slower than they otherwise would. Specifically, adults with high-intensity exercise levels, such as 30-40 minutes jogging for fives days per week, appears to keep your cells nine years younger than your birthday cake would suggest.
Particularly, it’s all linked to our cells’ telomeres; the protein hats that sit at each end of our chromosomes. Every time a cell replicates, the hats become shorter. The more they shrink, the more we age.
According to a study; the data of 5,823 adults that took part in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Moreover, the telomere lengths of the participants were also recorded.
The team found that those with the shortest telomeres and the greatest signs of cellular aging came from those who lived a unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle. Those with intense activity had the longest and youngest telomeres.
If you think you can age nine years slower by having a quick walk to the shops or even a brief go on the bike, forget about it then. The team found no significant differences in telomere length between those with low-to-moderate-intensity exercise levels.
The youthful mechanism of telomere preservation is unknown, it’s likely because exercise suppresses inflammation and harmful chemical imbalances, both of which can damage those little chromosome hats.
So finally the secret is out! If you want to slow down your aging process and want to live a bit longer, you’re going to have to sweat for it. Up to you.