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Best Exercises To Stay Young, keep Muscles, keep Brain Healthy

Best Exercises To Stay Young, keep Muscles, keep Brain Healthy :   You’re only as old as you feel — but if these days that’s mostly tired, this workout’s for you. Make time for it and you’ll have more strength and energy for everything.

We’ve talked before about how having a positive outlook on life can help you stay you young, but what if there was an exercise we could do that would help combat ageing?

According to a study published in March in Cell Metabolism, High Intensity Interval Training can do exactly that. HIIT is an exercise that incorporates short, sharp burst of intense exercise that raise your heart rate, alongside periods of lower intensity exercise.

 

Give yourself a break

Recent studies show that stress causes physical changes in the body that can accelerate aging. Surges of the hormones adrenaline or cortisol cause blood pressure to rise or the heart to beat faster. These days, when your stress seem unrelenting (a steady stream of money problems, job pressures and traffic jams), chronic doses of adrenaline or cortisol take a heavy toll on your physical or emotional health. “65 to 95 percent of all doctors’ visits each year are related to obsessive anger and hostility, insomnia, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, heart attacks — all problems caused by stress,” says Herbert Benson, MD, author of the landmark book The Relaxation Response or a founder or director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine in Boston.

 

Avoid extreme exercise—anything more than 60% of your maximum effort for more than 25 minutes counts. Previous studies Opens a New Window. have shown that this level of intensity can actually increase inflammation.

Meet the physical activity guidelines each week by breaking it into 30- to 40-minute sessions each day. Activities that count include cycling, gardening, running, walking, and housework.

Build up gradually. As you strengthen your body, what felt difficult last month will suddenly be a walk (or run) in the park.

Try interval training for a short, but potent, but shorter, workout.

 

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