One Type of Exercise May Slow AgingHave we finally found the fountain of youth? High-intensity interval training appears to biologically slow the aging process, according to researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
High-intensity interval training helps cells make more proteins to feed their energy-producing machinery, and this is what actually "arrests" the aging process, reports CNN. It can even reverse many age-related changes.
What is high-intensity interval training? You don't need expensive equipment or a gym membership to do this. A good pair of running shoes and motivation is all you need. Just like it sounds, it is short bursts of intense aerobic activity that you do during more moderate exercise. Example: Do an all-out sprint for 30 seconds in the middle of a moderate-pace jog. Repeat it several times. This type of training pushes your heart rate higher.
The study: Led by Dr. Sreekumaran Nair, a diabetes researcher at the Mayo, the team recruited men and women from two age groups. The younger volunteers ranged in age from 18 to 30, while the older volunteers were between 65 and 80. The participants were then randomly assigned to three mixed-age groups. Each group was given a different supervised exercise training program that lasted three months.
Group 1: High-intensity interval training
Group II: Strength training
Group III: Combined training
The takeaway: Exercise may be the best medicine you can take for a long and healthy life.
The study findings were published in the journal Cell Metabolism.