Want to Look Younger? The Answer is Interval Training

It may not happen on the same birthday for everyone, but at some point the whole aging process subject enters everyone’s thoughts. In my opinion, age actually kind of sneaks up on you. After years spent waiting to become old enough for this or that (legally), all of the sudden we look in the mirror and see that first gray hair or the first wrinkle and sheer panic sets in.  However, don’t fret for long, there are hair dyes and wrinkle creams for those things, but the most important thing is to keep your body feeling young and energetic, and for that there is interval training .

How Can Interval Training Help You Stay Young?

According to Amy Ashmore, PhD, our hearts beat more slowly and pump less blood as we age. There is also a decline in our lung capacity. Our muscles depend on oxygen like a car does fuel. This decrease in oxygen getting to the muscles is one reason why as we age, we grow weak, slow down, and lose stamina. Studies have shown that aerobic exercise performed on a consistent basis can reduce our biological age by 10 years or more. Another way exercise reduces our biological age is by improving mitochondrial function. Mitochondria are cells that are in charge of producing energy. They convert the energy into a chemical that the body can use. Cells can create more energy when mitochondria are efficient. How active we are correlates directly with improved mitochondrial function. The harder a person works through exercise, the more significant the mitochondrial changes, leading to a bigger reduction of biological age over a lifespan.  Interval training is one of the most successful ways to get you training at that high level of intensity that will increase oxygen demands enough to slow the aging process.

Incorporating Interval Training?

By definition, interval training is a type of training that involves bouts of high intensity worked intermixed with periods of low intensity work. You can accomplish this by setting predetermined distances to cover or by increments of time alternating periods of rest. Check with your doctor for the okay, and then add interval training to your fitness program. These bursts of high intensity work and rest periods will pay big dividends in improved cardiovascular function, greater calorie expenditure both during and after exercise, and of course a healthier and younger looking body.

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