Simple Palate: Run to Slow Down the Clock

Written by: Cielestia Calbay

As featured in the April issue of Competitor Magazine out now.

There might be some truth to the Fountain of Youth myth, as researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, found that regular exercise could delay premature aging.

Published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” the study used a group of mice that were genetically programmed to age faster than normal mice. Some of the mice ran on treadmills for 45 minutes, three times a week, while the other mice were inactive.

Five months later, the mice that exercised were still young and that their organs and brains also seemed to have improved. However, the sedentary mice had begun to age and bald, were less active and had weakened organs.

Researchers examined their mitochondria–power centers within cells that generate energy–and found that the mice that exercised had fewer signs of damage to their mitochondria.

Several studies have found similar results; however none has shown such a prominent effect.

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Cielestia Calbay is the associate editor of Competitor Magazine. If she’s not at the office, you’ll probably find her outdoors or scouring the area for the nearest juice bar. She may be reached at ccalbay@competitorgroup.com or @ccalbay.

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