Can Exercise Reverse the Signs of Aging?
You might be surprised to hear that certain types of exercise can also help reverse some signs of aging. Most people know that a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about how we choose to fuel our bodies, it’s also about how we use our bodies. As people get older their bones get weaker, they have less energy and can begin to feel breathless and wheezy after physical exertion. But, numerous research papers and reports are beginning to show that HIIT training can help stave off and even reverse these signs of aging.
What is HIIT?
HIIT stands for ‘high intensity interval training’. And it’s exactly what it says it is; you train at a high intensity for intervals with a rest or a period of low intensity, in between. One example is if you sprint for a period of time – anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds – then you rest, or jog for 10-20 seconds, before sprinting again. There are many benefits of HIIT training. Some are the ones that many people initially want to achieve when they begin a fitness regime:
- Lose weight
- Become stronger
- Look leaner
Moreover, some additional benefits from HIIT training can help us stay fitter and stronger for longer. That’s because the high intensity part of HIIT causes our bodies requirement of fuel to rise and it can’t access stored fat at that time. Instead, our bodies use energy that’s readily available in the muscle cells and it’s this process that’s responsible for the anti-aging benefits this form of exercise creates.
Anti-Aging Benefits of HIIT
When our bodies are forced to access the muscles for energy, the process creates mitochondria. And these are the molecules we have to thank for the anti-aging element of HIIT. Children and younger people typically have more mitochondria than older adults and it appears the mitochondria are partially responsible for all that energy little ones have. Regular HIIT training and the resultant increase in general fitness, but in particular, mitochondria helps to:
- Strengthen bone density
- Increase energy
- Improve VO2 Max – or the ability to use oxygen efficiently
- Increase protein content of muscles
All of these details are great news for seniors. And, even better news, is that these results will be achieved by everyone who includes HIIT training in their fitness plan, no matter how old they are when they begin. If you want to get fit and work towards staying younger and more energetic, then HIIT training is definitely the way to go. Start today to gain the best rewards over the long term. And who knows, you might even give the grand kids a run for their money in the energy stakes!
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