Can Exercise Help Keep You Young?
Believe it or not if you workout you can truly slow the effects of growing older. High-intensity exercise produces hormones that are like the fountain of youth.
High-intensity exercise causes the body to release more hormones, such as human growth hormone (HGH) an insulin-like growth factor that is responsible for increasing lean muscle mass, and also has anti-aging benefits. While most forms of exercise are good for your body, high-intensity training seems to offer the biggest turn-back-the-clock bang.
Examples of high-intensity workouts include:
- Interval Training – fast for 1 or 2 minutes then normal pace for one minute, repeating for up to 30 minutes e.g. walking or running.
- Tabata – 20 seconds flat out 10 seconds rest – repeat at least 8 times – e.g. on exercise or spin bike or skipping. Can also be done with body weight exercises like push ups or squats as well as crunches.
- Any training that makes you puff and sweat in a short amount of time – e.g. sprinting, squash, skipping, sports such as football (soccer).
- Group exercise classes e.g. circuit, spin, interval training or cross fit type workouts.
Instead of buying pricey HGH injections or looking back with regret, do what you can now to avoid the effects of aging. Focus on doing two to four workouts of this type of strength or cardio training a week, and you’ll see the benefits now and in twenty years from now.
Leanne is a qualified personal trainer and weight loss consultant. As a devoted mum, she has spent much of her life being a healthy role model for her three now grown up children.
Hundreds of women have benefited from Lee’s health and fitness advice, tips and tricks, meal and recipe ideas, and exercise programs. She loves helping women learn how to stay healthy and get the most out of life while being busy mums. Check out her website www.leeshealthywomensclub.com.au or find her on facebook @leeshealthywomensclub.