Dr. Sanjay Sharma, professor at St George’s University Hospitals in London, discussing his research findings at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress, stated that regular exercise, just 25 minutes of daily brisk walking, could add 7 years to your life. A group of 69 healthy non-smokers, aged between 30 and 60, who were not regular exercisers were tested as part of a university study.
Fight Aging with Exercise
Blood tests taken during six months of regular aerobic exercise, high-intensity interval training and strength training showed that an anti-aging process had been triggered and helped repair old DNA. “Exercise buys you three to seven additional years of life. It is an antidepressant, it improves cognitive function and there is now evidence that it may retard the onset of dementia,” said Sanjay Sharma.
They said that by measuring the increase of telomerase activity and decrease of senescence marker p16 (both markers of cellular aging in the blood) over a six-month period, doctors were able to show that regular exercise had triggered the anti-aging process. (1)
Dr. Ray teaches Tai Chi and I teach Yoga. I also do strength training under barbells and am due to compete again in Spring.