A new study shows elderly adults who engage in resistance training can reduce the effects of aging. Not only does exercise make most people feel better and perform physical tasks better, it now appears that exercise - specifically, resistance training -- actually rejuvenates muscle tissue in healthy senior citizens.
The study involved before and after analysis of gene expression profiles in tissue samples taken from 25 healthy older men and women who underwent six months of twice weekly resistance training, compared to a similar analysis of tissue samples taken from younger healthy men and women.
If you're hoping to live to a healthy 100, good genes help. But just because a parent lived to be 100 doesn't mean that you will. Likewise, if your parents died in their 60s, it doesn't mean that you won't live to be 100.
Research suggests it's a complex mix of your heredity, environment and lifestyle that determines your life span. The way you manage your body, mind and spirit today affects how you'll feel as you age.
The December issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource offers these tips for healthy aging:
The principles of eating for longevity are useful at any age. Whether you are young or old, you can take preventative measures in order to safeguard your health for the future and to slow down aging. Here are some anti-aging food tips to slow down the biological clock.