Recent research has shown that women who have an active lifestyle can slow the aging process compared to those who are quite sedentary. A group of researchers from the University of California has conducted a comprehensive study to find out the best way to slow aging in women.
During the study, the researchers analyzed 1,500 women ages between 64 and 95. The scientists discovered that the sedentary participants who did less than forty minutes of exercises every day were biologically around eight years older than the other participants who exercised more.
This is great news for fitness enthusiasts. Based on the study findings, the scientists recommend women to avoid sitting around over ten hours every day, especially those are older. Dr. Aladdin Shadyab, the senior author of the study, says that both men and women should understand the benefits of physical exercises when they are young.
Also, physical exercises must be an important part of our daily schedule. The team has discovered that the magic ingredient is hidden in the human DNA. Cells replicate themselves as long as we live. These cells have some tiny caps at the end of the DNA strands, known as telomeres.
Telomeres shorten with each copy, so our chromosomes begin to decay, and that is how we get older. Previous studies have revealed that shorter telomeres are associated with three of the most devastating conditions, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
In the latest study, the researchers monitored the participants’ movements for seven days using accelerometers. As such, they found out that those who exercised for minimum 30 minutes daily didn’t develop shorter telomeres.
Another group of scientists from the de Duve Institute in Brussels has conducted an extensive study in July, and it came to almost the same conclusion. The experts identified a specific molecule, known as NRF1, which maintains telomeres.
Participants who spent an average of 45 minutes a day on stationary bicycles had higher levels of NRF1. In other words, these women were able to slow the aging process through a moderate daily effort.
Previous research has shown that active people have a much lower risk of developing brain disorders later in life, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, and dementia, compared to those who are couch potatoes.
Therefore, the public health specialists strongly recommend Americans to adopt a more active lifestyle as it comes with many health benefits and it also slows aging.