Lately, it’s become a fad to think of having a different age than the number of years you’ve spent alive. So, if you are 30 years old, maybe you’re psychologically 50, or your body is 60. That’s the case if you don’t exercise.
And so on. So far these amusing ideas have been amusing to consider, since they weren’t based in science at all.
Until now. See, science has actually taken a shot at this, and the findings are interesting (courtesy of Tapoos). Thanks to Larry Tucker, a professor of exercise science at the Brigham Young University in Utah, we now have some data that shows how physical activity can lengthen your lifespan.
Comparing people who didn’t exercise at all, to people who exercised regularly, Tucker found that the latter had longer telomeres. For those who don’t know, telomeres are the bits of DNA that indicate the age of a cell – or more precisely, the bits that sort of ‘protect’ the chromosomes. Which is… Bad news for me!
(Goes for a run outside to extend his telomeres.)
Anyways, here are three exercises that can help with your telomeres and body youth:
Probably the easiest exercise ever. And it’s not only good for your legs and knees but for the whole body too. Here’s how to do it:
- Stand up and inhale to get stomach tight
- Move your hips back and put your hands behind your head
- Move down as if you’re sitting on a chair
- Try to stay like that for 20 seconds
- Stand upright again allowing yourself a deep breath
- Try to repeat this ten times
A notoriously famous yoga pose that exercises your back muscles. Additionally, it helps relax your neck, but also tone your lower back and hips. It is also said to help with menstrual irregularities. Instructions:
- Lie with your face downwards on a mat, exhale slowly
- Lift your chest above by pushing with your arms
- Pull your head back as far as you can and hold for 15 seconds
- Return to the ground slowly, touching your cheek on the mat
- Stay like this for 30 seconds and then become a cobra 5 more times
3. Low lunge arch
One of the best exercises for strengthening your thigh muscles and increasing endurance. Instructions:
- Put both your knees on the exercise mat and keep your back straight
- Extend one leg backward but keep the other knee in place
- Connecting your palms together, extend your arms upwards
- Pull your back backward as much as you can
- Hold this position for 30 seconds
- Repeat the steps 10 times
Brisk, regular walking has a known positive impact on body weight and also combats cardiovascular diseases. The recommended number of steps is 10,000 per day.