Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Exercise: The Secret to a Longer Life

Everyone knows that regular exercise is good for the body. And, one of the best types of exercise you can do is to get involved in a sport. Sports are fun and make it easy to exercise without feeling like you’re doing hard work.  

When possible, you should try to get your kids involved in sports at a very young age. Being active in a sport from the start will help them to keep up regular exercise throughout their lives. Even better yet, it may just lengthen their lifespans as well.

The Weight Connection

Regularly engaging in exercise can help people to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives.

This, in turn, can help reduce the risk of weight-related health concerns, such as heart disease and type two diabetes. And, when these things never affect a person, he or she is likely to live a much longer life.

Telomere Length

While most people know that regular exercise is beneficial, many do not know about the effect it has on telomere length.

Telomeres are special proteins on DNA. Their job is to protect the structure of DNA. Unfortunately, these proteins degrade as a person ages and also grow shorter over time. However, you can keep telomeres from shortening as quickly through regular exercise, as well as a healthy lifestyle in general. This aids in improved overall health and a reduced risk of many diseases and health conditions, thereby contributing to a longer lifespan.

In these ways and in many others, regularly exercising can promote a longer lifespan, as well as improved quality of life. If you want that for your children - and who doesn’t? -  get them involved in a sport or some other form of activity early on and then encourage them to keep it up. If they do, they’ll build healthy habits that will last a lifetime…a long lifetime!

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