What Walking and Anti-Aging Moisturizer Have in Common
Thinking that expensive face creams or plastic surgery are the only option to help you look years younger than your actual age? Think again! But don’t just think – get moving, too!
A recent study from King’s College in London, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, tested more than 2400 British twins and discovered a new benefit of moving the body. (http://www.edinformatics.com/news/exercise_and_aging.htm) Exercise appears to slow the “shriveling of the protective tips on bundles of genes inside cells, perhaps keeping frailty at bay”. Translation? Physical activity actually changes your cells on a molecular level, making you look up to 9 years younger!
Of course, we have heard that physical activity reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases, potentially helping you live longer. But this new study links activity level with the actual length of our chromosomes. Those who exercised about 100 minutes a week (that’s not hard to get in, if you walk about 30 minutes at least 3 days a week) had chromosomes that looked like those of someone 5 to 6 years younger than those who did the least amount of activity, or 16 minutes a week (this would be someone who just got up to go to the restroom!). In comparison, those who did the most, about 3 hours a week of moderate to vigorous activity, had chromosomes that looked almost 9 years younger! And they ruled out any other component that might affect aging, such as smoking, illness or obesity.
So plastic surgery is not the only option – moving your body not only makes your heart and bones stronger but also takes years off your appearance. Now that I’m in the middle age category myself, I think I’ll keep physical activity right there by my face moisturizer!