One of the strongest predictors of longevity is fitness and that’s why this new study I came across recently interested me…..it delivers yet another reason to get active if you want to increase your chances of living healthier for longer.
Anti-Aging benefits of HIIT
What the researchers found was that some forms of exercise provide anti-aging benefits that other forms of workouts don’t……..and this is the piece of information that totally surprised me.
It also provides some interesting insights into endurance and HIIT training (which many of us are already aware of and probably doing) yet it leaves me questioning the writers view on resistance, or strength training, which becomes even more important to our independence as we age.
But in all fairness to the author of the article, the study is more about cellular aging as witnessed in this quote by Professor Laufs, “Our main finding is that, compared to the start of the study and the control group, in volunteers who did endurance and high intensity training, telomerase activity and telomere length increased, which are both important for cellular aging, regenerative capacity and thus, healthy aging. Interestingly, resistance training did not exert these effects.”
This is a great result but I would still be recommending that you don’t throw out your strength training programs just yet.
However, I feel the two combined will, in time, prove to be a powerful force in the art of Active Ageing.
As with many studies, they often provide good evidence for inclusion in a broader problem…..as is the case here. And with my take on the broader problem being the exercise requirements needed for functional, long term, health and fitness for both men and women.
Many readers without a wealth of experience in health and fitness, when reading this article, may believe that resistance training is no longer required for an Active Ageing program.
This is far from the case.
My belief is, Active Ageing isn’t about holding onto your youth — it is about maximizing the opportunities of ageing and maintaining your independence. So, if you want to keep moving, you have to keep moving.
This article will help complete the picture for you: Why Strength Training is SO Important as You Start Aging.
Cheers – John.
Your Active Ageing Mentor and Coach.
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