Study: Exercise slows aging

JANUARY 30, 2008óLooking to slow the hands of time or slow the appearance of time on your hands? A new study suggests that exercise does more than make you feel younger, it actually slows the aging process of your cells.

A British study involving 2,400 twins found that exercise slows the degeneration of cells.

“These data suggest that the act of exercising may actually protect the body against the aging process,” Tim D. Spector, the study’s lead and professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College in London told the Washington Post. The study was published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

In addition to reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases, the study shows that physical activity keeps your cells regenerating longer. When cells can no longer divide, the body begins to break down, leading to less muscle strength, the formation of wrinkles, fading eyesight and hearing, failure of organs and memory loss.

The study did not address whether exercise benefited people who’d led a mostly sedentary lifestyle before starting an exercise program.

Spector told the Washington Post he hopes doctors will advise patients to exercise as a result of these findings.

“Hopefully when clinicians are advising patients, this could be another reason to offer,” he told the Washington Post. “It may slow down the aging process, and people may actually look and feel younger, which we know would be a good thing for most of the population.”

By Care2 editorial staff

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Pamela W.
Pamela W.2 years ago

The study might not have covered the question of people who had previously led a sedentary life .... but the answer MUST be YES !! Just don't try to do a marathon on the first day !!!!

Fiona T.
Fi T.2 years ago

Exercising is always good, for whatever reasons

Abo Ahmed r.
Abo r.5 years ago

You have posted excellent encouraging post which encourages those do not exercise to start and those wh do to continue .

Jeff J.
Richard N.5 years ago

exercising keeps the body tuned

Monica D.
Monica D.5 years ago

Thank you Annie. Another good reason to exercise!

Adam H.
Adam H.5 years ago

I believe this! Good Post!

Amanda Cochran
Amanda C.5 years ago

It's pretty obvious when you see someone that exercies compared to someone who doesn't.

Karol K.
Karol K.6 years ago

It should come as no surprise since our ancestors always had to be physically active.

Valentina Garcia
Ve G.6 years ago

This is so cool, it will motivate me to keep exercising the rest of my life!!!