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Any man who’s ever mar­velled at pop­u­lar MH cover stars Ja­son Statham (age 50) or Hugh Jack­man (a full 48) won’t ex­press sur­prise at the con­cept that work­ing out makes you look younger. But stay­ing for­ever young is about far more than sin­gle-digit body fat and an in­tim­i­dat­ing dead­lift PB. Be­cause, ac­cord­ing to a new study in Pre­ven­tive Medicine, fit­ter men have fewer signs of age­ing at a cel­lu­lar level, too. Re­searchers took DNA sam­ples from 6000 adults to mea­sure their telom­eres – parts of the chro­mo­some linked to longevity.

The most ac­tive among sub­jects were shown to have nine fewer years of cel­lu­lar age­ing than sofa-bound types. Again, for those who are no stranger to sweat­ing, this is not ex­actly news. How of­ten you train, how­ever, is worth not­ing. The most com­mit­ted gym go­ers – those train­ing for 40 min­utes five days a week – were seven years younger on a cel­lu­lar level than mod­er­ate ex­er­cis­ers. So, while we can’t prom­ise it will earn you The Stath’s age-de­fy­ing def­i­ni­tion, cut­ting the odd rest day from your reg­i­men could add years to your life – giv­ing you ex­tra time to work on scor­ing that ac­tion-movie fran­chise deal you’ve been af­ter.

Swing back time by skip­ping a few rest days

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