Exercise and DNA
Telomeres are caps at the end of chromosomes that protect our genetic data; they are similar to the plastic tip at the end of a shoelace that keeps it from unraveling. In the same vein, telomeres prevent the strands in chromosomes from unraveling. Every time a cell divides, the telomeres get shorter. When they get too short, the cells no longer divide and eventually die. This shortening is related to aging and a higher risk of death. Exercise has been associated with longer telomeres.
Exercise and Quality of Life
Physical inactivity causes the loss of muscle tissue, which means we lose strength. The good news is that we can build lean muscle tissue at any age. Getting stronger requires strength-building exercise. Increased strength may not mean we necessarily live long, but most likely will increase our chances of living independently, by reducing the risk of falls and fractures.
Exercise and Disease
Regular movement has been shown to delay or prevent chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure; improve mental health and even delay dementia and cognitive decline. Four of the 5 most costly chronic conditions can be prevented or managed with physical activity. Consistent physical activity can result in quality years as we age instead of years of physical disability.
Your fitness activities could be the spark that
motivates your loved one to introduce movement into their life.
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