Scientific Proof that Exercise Keeps Your Body Young

Stunning graphic proof of the "use it or lose it" principle when it comes to your muscles

Credit: Flickr / Melissa Maples

Regular exercise has been proved to actually delay aging throughout your body

Regular exercise has been proved to actually delay aging throughout your body

We’ve often been told the benefits of exercise are enormous

Case in point: I recently saw the MRI thigh scans below on Alex Hutchinson’s Sweat Science blog.

triathlete thigh scansPretty remarkable is all I can say.

The pictures speak for themselves. Use your muscles or you’ll lose them. The actual study is free if you want to read it.

Preserving Muscle Mass

But a word of caution. You’ll only preserve muscles that you actually use. For example, if you simply run and never do any exercise for your arms, you’ll still lose muscle mass in them as this study showed.

So make sure you exercise your entire body. If you only run or bike, add some upper body exercises to your program. Or do some swimming.

Exercise Keeps You Young, Literally

To add even more evidence, if you need it, another study concluded that 80-year-old people who’ve participated in lifelong aerobic or strength training were comparable to those aged 50 to 55 years old.

The same study stated that, “Exercise has vast beneficial effects on a multitude of organs and body systems and delays aging-associated losses in:
    •    cognitive function,
    •    osteoporosis,
    •    insulin resistance,
    •    atherosclerosis,
    •    certain site-specific cancers,
    •    depression and
    •    immunity.”

And the researchers also noted that there will never be a single drug that can counter the decline in all organ systems the way exercise can.


Now stop reading and get some exercise!