Mayo Clinic Study Identifies How Exercise Staves Off Old Age

Mayo Clinic scientists may have just discovered the fountain of youth. And this magic elixir doesn’t come in the form of a pill, powder, or hyperbaric oxygen chamber. The team of researchers found that various types of exercise—but high-intensity interval training (HIIT) in particular—appear to slow down aging on a cellular level. These findings were published March 7 in the journal Cell Metabolism.

High-intensity interval training or “sprints” can be done on any type of aerobic equipment or outside. HIIT involves short bursts of intense aerobic activity within any longer duration of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA).

Exercise physiologists have long suspected that many of the mysterious benefits of aerobic exercise occur at the cellular level. However, until now, very little was known about what specific types of physical activity—or intensities of aerobic exercise—most effectively boost cells to rebuild their inner workings and organelles that deteriorate as we age. The newfound power of aerobic exercise to transform key organelles could explain why MVPA has so many broad sweeping health benefits.

Read more at Psychology Today.