Ok so you’re not going to turn into a baby again just by doing the splits 12 times a day but a Mayo Clinic study has found that a high-intensity aerobic exercise can reverse some cellular aspects of aging.
The study, whose results were published in Cell Metabolism studied various high-intensity workouts to find out their effects on the human body. While all of the different routines had positive effects on the body some were more beneficial for people over 65 than others.
Only high-intensity and combined training improved aerobic capacity and mitochondrial function for skeletal muscle. A decline in mitochondrial function in older adults is common.
Mitochondria produces the energy needed for cellular growth and activity. It’s decline is also linked with aging related diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
It’s been believed that the decline of the Mitochondria funtion is due to it creating damaging byproducts itself, but research into the field is ongoing, and could offer us insights into how we age, and how we could slow the process.
The take-home message for aging adults that supervised high-intensity training is probably best, because, both metabolically and at the molecular level, it confers the most benefits
Exercise training significantly enhanced the cellular machinery responsible for making new proteins. That contributes to protein synthesis, thus reversing a major adverse effect of aging.
This sort of workout would require resistance training a couple times a week.
“We encourage everyone to exercise regularly, but the take-home message for aging adults that supervised high-intensity training is probably best, because, both metabolically and at the molecular level, it confers the most benefits,” says K. Sreekumaran Nair, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and senior researcher on the study.
This isn’t the magic bullet for immortality, but we should do everything we can keep our bodies healthy and ticking.