How To Run Your­self Younger

A run­ning habit may ac­tu­ally hold back the years

Runner's World (UK) - - In This Issue -

A REG­U­LAR RUN­NING HABIT CAN cer­tainly make you feel younger, but a new study from the Univer­sity of Mis­sis­sippi, US, sug­gests it can ac­tu­ally slow the age­ing process. The re­search looked at leuko­cyte telom­eres, Dna-pro­tein struc­tures within our cells that typ­i­cally shorten as we age. A shorter leuko­cyte telom­ere length (LTL) is not just a sign of cel­lu­lar age­ing – it’s also as­so­ci­ated with all causes of mor­tal­ity and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease. How­ever, when the re­searchers as­sessed LTL in par­tic­i­pants meet­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity guide­lines through one of nine dif­fer­ent modes of ex­er­cise (in­clud­ing walk­ing, swim­ming, cy­cling and weight train­ing) run­ners were the only group with sig­nif­i­cantly longer LTLS. It’s not yet known how run­ning ex­erts its Do­rian Gray effect – but if stay­ing youth­ful for even a lit­tle longer is another ben­e­fit of lac­ing up, we’ll take it.

WIN­DOW OF THE SOLE Run more, feel bet­ter, look younger, live longer. Sound good?

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