The Ultimate Anti-Aging: Effects of Exercise to Telomerase Activity
Exercise or constant activity has always been the last word or among the first recommendations in countering the signs of aging. The aging that has been associated with exercise is termed as biological age and is used to mean as our age that is physiological rather than chronological, and it includes factors like changes in the physical structure of the body as well as changes in the performance of motor skills and sensory awareness.1 Exercise has been considered the fountain of youth to some as they claim that exercise help them look and feel young, or something measurable as to say that exercise makes them 10 to 20 years younger than their chronological age by being free from mental and physical disease longer than they expected, or at least as compared to unhealthy individuals who fall on the same chronological age bracket. 2, 3 Though these associations have long been well established, we still see people even the healthiest continue to age and deteriorate. These compel us to look for a more concrete evidence or solid foundation for our hopes to finally counter the cause. 2009, with telomerase being accepted as true is seen by many as the dawning of new light. But of course not without cons…
Our bodies’ natural tendency to grow old is inescapable and our attempt to counter it would seem a waste of time and resources. But while we do not deny that fact, and I personally do not dread growing old, new information tell us we could at least “extend” our youth, enjoy more of life, and as the truth continue to unfold, we may be surprised to know it is actually within reach and all we have to do is simply and literally, sweat it out.
The important role of exercise as anti-aging can be translated as its power to generate variety of hormonal responses.4 Hormones are responsible for muscle turnover, growth of tissue and repair, and selective aspects of metabolic
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