We have all heard that living a sedentary lifestyle is not good for us. Now comes information that suggests it could be worse than we ever imagined.
Living a sedentary lifestyle has been proven to be a trigger for a litany of health problems, some of which can lead to cancer, diabetes and heart disease. A new study from the University of California, San Diego’s School of Medicine, has concluded that living a sedentary lifestyle can literally promote accelerated aging.
Researchers examined 1,500 older women and concluded that women who reported being sedentary for more than 10 hours a day – and who got less than 40 minutes of exercise each day, had cells that were biologically eight years older than their counterparts.
“Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle,” said the study’s lead author, Aladdin Shadyab, from UC San Diego’s School of Medicine. “Chronological age doesn’t always match biological age.”
Additionally, sitting too much and not getting enough exercise affects the vitality of your brain. Studies have shown that living a sedentary lifestyle causes your brain to dull and that staying active helps to keep your brain alert and vibrant.
We can help to avoid premature aging by living a healthy lifestyle and eating right. Including a sensible exercise program into a healthy lifestyle will not only help to prevent premature aging, but it will also go a long way toward keeping your brain sharp as you grow older.
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