(KUTV) Would you trade 30 minutes a day to look and feel eight years younger? Based on the latest research, this article will show you the easiest way to shave eight years off your biologic age.
The 8 Years Younger Study
In this study, researchers from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) studied 1,481 people. Their question was simple. What is the least amount of physical activity you need to reverse biological aging.
To answer their question, researchers measured the length of telomeres in the white blood cells of these 1,481 people. Telomeres, which are shown in the photo accompanying this article, can be found at the ends of your DNA. Telomeres are like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces which prevent the shoelaces from unraveling and falling apart.
As part of the aging process, these telomeres gradually shorten over the years. When they get too short, your DNA starts to unravel and fall apart. When this happens, heart disease, cancer, or death are near at hand. The key is to always keep your telomeres as long as possible.
In order to link physical activity to telomere length, UCSD researchers strapped pedometers to these 1,481 people for one week. They then compared the pedometer data to their telomere length.
Armed with this information, they could then link sitting and exercising time to telomere length. Their results were interesting. Sitting less than 10 hours a day and exercising at least 30 minutes a day resulted in telomeres which were 8 years longer.
How To Replicate This Study
As studies show that everyone thinks they are more physically active than they really are, you need real data to make yourself biologically eight years younger. The best way to get this information is to track yourself for a week starting now.
If you don't already own a pedometer, try downloading the free Pacer app by clicking on these links for your Android or iPhone. Alternatively, you could use the built-in pedometer app that comes with your smartphone.
Pacer is the pedometer app that I use everyday with my iPhone. This app is always running in the background without you having to do anything. Remarkably, I have found this app to be very accurate.
As long as you are sitting less than 10 hours a day, and exercising for more than 30 minutes a day, then, based on the results of this study, your body is eight years younger than your actual age. Of the thousands of studies I have reviewed, this is the very easiest way to shave eight years off your biological age.
Are you sitting less than 10 hours a day? Do you exercise for at least 30 minute a day?