Science Gets Closer
to Cracking the Nut:
An Actual Antidote to Aging
New research is providing clues about the aging process, what triggers it, and what you can do to slow or even reverse the effects. It turns out the fountain of youth is closer at hand than you thought.
Getting older isn’t the problem – it beats the alternative! But feeling older… that’s what we all want to avoid.
Here’s the latest…
We Now Know
There Are At Least Two Keys to Aging
As you get older, two things happen in your body that speed up the aging process.
First, your body begins producing fewer stem cells. Which is crucial since stem cells work as a repair system in your body. When most cells divide, they split into two of the same kind of cell. When stem cells split, they can become a different kind of cell, replenishing the tissues that your body needs. As your body produces fewer and fewer stems cells, it becomes harder for it to repair and replace damaged tissues.
Second, your telomeres get shorter. Telomeres are like little caps on the end of your DNA. They’re often compared to the plastic tips on shoelaces… they keep your DNA from fraying and mutating. But, each time your cells divide, your telomeres get a little shorter.
Eventually they get short enough that they aren’t able to do the job of protecting your DNA from damage. When that happens, your immune system doesn’t work as well as it used to, and you’re more prone to diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
Your lifestyle choices affect the length of your telomeres. Stress, smoking, and obesity all can make your telomeres shrink faster, which means you age faster.
So Far, We Know of One Simple Change
That Can Reverse the Signs of Aging
In recent research, scientists have found connections between certain kinds of exercise and your stem cells and telomeres. What they found is that if you’re stressed out and don’t exercise, you’ll have short telomeres. But, if you’re stressed out and exercise regularly, the stress won’t affect your telomeres.
In other words, exercise protects you from the aging effects of stress.
The same type of exercise that protects your DNA also stimulates the production of stem cells, so your body has more resources to repair itself, which may also slow the aging process.
Get Outside Your Comfort Zone
on a Regular Basis
When you’re in your 20s and 30s, it’s easy to find like-minded friends who will happily work out with you.
But after 40, forget it. After that, most people climb into a shell we refer to as a “Sedentary Comfort Zone.”
Regular exposure to anabolic stress builds character, strengthens your psychological well-being, and makes your bones stronger. It works better than any “powder” on the market. Self-directed workouts rarely result in people pushing themselves to their safest limit consistently.
Getting out of your comfort zone in a safe, structured, routine way vastly improves your mental acuity and enhances your body’s muscle mass to help you more efficiently dispose of excess calories.
Remember when you were a kid and you couldn’t wait to get out and run and play and have fun. That’s what exercise should be like. The type of exercise that will protect your body from aging at the cellular level is like that. You don’t have do hours and hours each week to enjoy big benefits. In fact, you can think of it like the best investment you’ll ever make. You invest 20 minutes two or three times a week, and you get paid in extra years of life. I can’t think of a better payout than a healthy, fit body!
You can protect your telomeres, increase your stem cell production, and give your growth hormone levels a natural boost by doing three 20-minute workouts a week.
A high-intensity interval training session like the one I’m about to share triggers these benefits.
Calculate Your Maximum Heart Rate Men: MHR = 220 – Age Women: MHR = 206 – (.88 x Age)
Begin by warming up for two or three minutes. A brisk walk is perfect for this. Once your blood is moving, it’s time to start the workout. Your goal is to bring your heart rate up to maximum and keep it there for 20 to 30 seconds. You do this by sprinting. You can sprint in the traditional sense, and actually run. Or, you can use exercise equipment like a treadmill or elliptical machine and do the equivalent of a sprint while on the machine.
After 30 seconds of maximum output, work at a resting pace for 90 seconds. You don’t want to stop during the recovery period… just set an easy pace.
When 90 seconds is up, return to your sprint for another 30 seconds. Repeat the intervals eight times for the best effect.
Smarter Exercise Routines Result
in More Benefits in Less Time
Our favorite thing about this kind of interval training is that it provides so many benefits in very little time.
You’ve probably heard the official recommendation that you exercise five times a week for at least 60 minutes a session.
Doing that amount of exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight, improve your circulation system, and reduce your risks of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. But, studies show you can get these exact same benefits doing the type of workout we just described.
In one hour a week – a fifth of the time – you can enjoy the same benefits as the people slaving away for hours and hours every week.
Plus, it’s hard to beat interval training for weight loss. When you do short bursts of intense activity with rest periods in between, you turn on your body’s fat-burning mechanisms. In one study, people who did regular interval training for just two weeks increased the amount of fat their bodies burned during other activities by 36 percent.
Make the Change and Feel Much Better
Before Year End
By doing a total of one hour worth of interval training during the week you can slow and even reverse the effects of aging on your cells, you can reduce your risk of age-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease, and you can burn more fat and have more energy.
That’s a great return on investment, and one that you can start enjoying immediately. We all get older. Whether or not you feel older is up to you. Take charge of your health starting now, and give interval training a try.