Research from Brigham Young University shows that those who are highly active can add up to 9 years to their life.
In a study of 5,823 adults ages 20-84 that was put on by the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, it was found that just by staying highly active, you can literally keep your body from aging by up to 9 years. Are you 45 and want to look like 34? Here’s your chance! “Highly active” in this case means exercising at least 30 minutes a day (40 minutes for men) for 5 days.
And now, the science behind it:
Telomeres are the nucleotide endcaps of our chromosomes. They’re like our biological clock, and they’re extremely correlated with age; each time a cell replicates, we lose a tiny bit of the endcaps. Therefore, the older we get, the shorter our telomeres. Highly active exercise keeps us from losing some of that endcap according to the study. By the way, those doing light exercise didn’t show much difference in the endcaps from those who were sedentary. So, you’re going to have to really work for that extra 9 years, but don’t wait till it’s too late to say “Shooda, cooda, wooda.”