Actively anti-aging

Jul 08, 2019

In contrast to expensive designer creams, this anti-ageing treatment is completely free and works on your whole wellbeing, not just on your skin.

1. Energy

Mitochondria are the power generators of our cells; they transform the food we eat into energy. Exercise increases the number of mitochondria in our cells, which means...more energy! People who exercise regularly can have the same number of mitochondria of someone half their biological age.

2. Strength

Resistance training with weights helps to counter the effects of age related muscle loss. Lifting weights for an hour each week can reduce your risk for a heart or stroke by 40%. Grip strength is linked to heart health and is used as a measure of biological age.

3. Mood

Exercise produces feel good endorphins that lift your mood. Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly have fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety than those who don’t. Moderate intensity exercise can be an effective treatment on its own for mild-to-moderate depression.

4. Grey matter

Moving more is good for your brain health. Research at the University of Edinburgh found that people who are more physically active demonstrate improved cognitive ability and speed of thinking and less brain shrinkage. Physically fit people are 88% less likely to develop dementia.

Spring into action!

High intensity interval training (HIIT) combines short bursts of intensive exercise with periods of rest and recovery. A session only takes 10 minutes and you don’t need any special equipment, so it’s an easy way to add exercise to your everyday routine. Why not give it a go?

It’s essential to consult your GP, doctor or physician before beginning any new exercise regime, especially if you haven’t been very active for a while.

Article reproduced with the kind permission of CABA, the organisation providing lifelong support to ICAEW members, ACA students and their close family around the world.