I love the rush that’s associated with running, especially when I gain a burst of energy and my heart pumps ferociously. Even better, we’ve all heard about how exercise can improve your mood and lower your risk for a variety of medical conditions, especially cardiovascular ones. Perhaps you’ve also heard about how exercise can slow aging. I’m here to say that more evidence has arisen in support of this idea.
In one study, researchers examined the muscles of frequent cyclists between the ages of 55 and 79. Their data suggested that the older cyclists had muscle composition and size comparable to the younger cyclists. Therefore, we can say that highly active individuals seem to slow down their own aging processes.
In another study, researchers wished to examine if exercise could boost one’s immune system, and by extension, slow down aging. They found that the immune systems of elderly cyclists were comparable to those of sedentary adults many years younger!
If I’m honest, this research doesn’t surprise me at all. Exercise improves your circulation, which allows molecules to travel to their destinations more accurately and effectively. Sweating, an obvious byproduct of exercise, allows for the release of toxins from the body. More generally, exercise seems to make your body sharper in countless ways.
With this knowledge filed in my mind, I’m sure that I’ll be even more motivated to run alongside my golden doodle puppy in the park this summer!
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By: Kishan Patel