Regular physical exercise slows down the aging process: Study

Regular physical exercise slows down the aging process: Study

Spending just 30 minutes in physical activities like jogging for five days a week could extend lifespan by up to ten years, according to a new study.

A team of researchers at the Brigham Young University in Utah found in the new study high levels of exercise slow down the process of aging. They were surprised to find that those who regularly engaged in elevated levels of physical activity had “significantly” longer telomeres than others who were exercising moderately or not at all.

Exercise Science Professor Larry Tucker noted that some people seem younger than their actual age because more physically activity results in less biological aging.

Prof. Tucker said in a statement, “Just because you’re 40, doesn’t mean you're 40-years-old biologically. We all know people that seem younger than their actual age. The more physically active we are; the less biological aging takes place in our bodies.”

The researchers reached the conclusion after analyzing more than 5,800 adults, and the data was taken from the CDC’s National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey (NHNES) that tracks telomere length values of subjects.

Despite the repeatedly proven benefits of physical exercise, stats on regular physical activity remain bleak. In the U.S., just around 20 per cent of people get enough exercise and nearly 64 per cent never perform physical activity at all.