Can Exercise Slow Down Ageing?

Feb 19th 2011 at 10:28 AM

Can Exercise Slow Down Ageing?

Extensive research and study shows that people who are more physically active and do moderate exercise frequently have cells that look younger than those who do not do any exercise.  Lotions, potions surgery, they all have their place, but exercise is one anti-ageing solution that we can all reap the benefits from. Exercising gives us a clear cut simple solution for anti-ageing for those who are prepared to put the effort in – take part in more physical activity.

Exercise keeps your body strong and fit; your joints supple, your body firmer and slimmer and keeps your complexion glowing and smooth. The brain automatically releases Human Growth Hormone (HGH) the hormone responsible for keeping you youthful and controlling the body’s growth and development. As the natural supply of the HGH hormone dwindles, the body very gradually starts to age, if the natural supply is restored the aging process will be slowed down and almost slightly reversed.

Regular exercise promotes a healthy brain and encourages the brain to function at its peak. Nerve cells multiply and connections strengthen that protects them from damage and disease such as Alzheimer’s disease. Forgetfulness can be linked to an underactive body and an underactive mind, a brain that is not fully stimulated will stop functioning, it needs to be worked and exercised just like any other muscle in the body to function at its best.

Exercise also stimulates good memory function. Exercise and health data from nearly 5,000 men and women over the age of 65 were less likely to suffer memory loss or develop dementia and other diseases of the mind like Alzheimer’s disease.  Exercise is scientifically proven to protect the health and functioning of the brain.

More physical activity can increase a person’s lifespan by up to 25%. Those who exercised regularly and took part in activities such as jogging, cycling and swimming had a much lower death rate than those who either took no exercise and had a more sedentary lifestyle, or those who took part in less intense activities such as bowling, strolling or golfing.

As we age our protection systems against free radicals and other harmful environmental factors become less and less effective which make us more prone to their effects and more prone to age quicker. When we are younger, our body can shield us from most of the effects and work hard to combat these harmful molecules but once we are older, our body loses its ability and we become less and less resistant to free radical damage. Good nutrition and frequent exercise can help to rectify the damage caused and helps to reduce the loss of our body’s free radical fighting antioxidant systems. Making sure we have a varied, well balanced diet high in Vitamins A, C and E and sticking to the 5 a day rule, 5 portions of fruit and vegetables, it will fight and definitely delay the ageing process.

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