The Complete Exercise Program
One of the most important steps to reverse your biological age is regular exercise. In this age of push-button technology you run the risk
of spending so much time in your mind that you neglect the needs of
your body. One of the critical needs of your body is to move.
it or lose it" is directly applicable to your physical body. We are
seeing a growing epidemic of obesity in Western society that is now
affecting our children, mainly because the average person - adult or
child - spends less time moving their body than at any point in human
history. As a result of not exercising regularly, we suffer increased
risks for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis,
osteoporosis, and cancer.
Several studies have shown how
hazardous inactivity can be to your health. A report published in 1968
found that if you impose bed rest on young, healthy men for three weeks,
their measurements of cardiovascular fitness deteriorate by the
equivalent of almost twenty years of aging. As anyone who has had to
wear a cast for a broken bone knows firsthand, not using a muscle leads
to wasting and weakness.
Exercise along can alter many of the
important biomarkers of aging. Drs. William Evans and Irwin Rosenberg
from Tufts University have documented the powerful effects exercise has
on improving muscle mass, strength, aerobic capacity, bone density, and
many other key biological markers of aging.
One of the most
effective ways to raise your level of HDL cholesterol (the "good"
cholesterol) is through exercise. Studies have shown that men sixty to
seventy years old can increase their muscle strength by 100 to over
after just twelve weeks of training.
body is getting stronger, it is also getting leaner. As a result, your
ability to handle sugar is improved and the risks for diabetes are
reduced. Regular weight training strengthens your bones and lessens the
chances for developing osteoporosis. This is particularly important for
women who are at risk of losing bone once they are beyond their
Of all the approaches to growing younger,
exercise produces the most prompt returns. Within a week of beginning a
fitness program, you'll notice definite improvement in your sense of
well-being. After a few weeks you will not be able to go without it.
Regular exercise is an essential element of the reversal-of-aging
program.- Grow Younger, Live Longer: Ten Steps to Reverse Aging
Deepak Chopra, M.D.