Ageing brings with it not only wrinkles, but also other body changes such as decrease of muscle mass, blood pumping capacity, metabolic rate and bone density which makes bones more fragile and susceptible to fractures. Ageing brings with it obesity, raised cholesterol levels, arthritis, osteoporosis and obesity heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. One does not die from old age; one die from diseases.
Regular exercise, however, can roll back the years. Regular exercise can slow age-related degeneration of bone, muscle, skin, nerves and cells. By being physically active, you can age comfortably, stay alert and vibrant. Strength training forces muscles to contract and make more protein, new muscle tissues and prevent muscle loss which accompany ageing. Regular exercise stimulate the pituary gland to increase HGF (Human Growth Hormone) production.
Deficiency in Human Growth Hormone results in less energy, memory loss, reduced libido (sex drive), decreasing muscle and skin tone, impaired eyesight, bone loss and hair loss (somatopause). Don't try artificial HGH injection or supplement as they have been found to be not safe as such treatments increase cancer risks, especially prostate and breast cancer, and diabetes.
What research showed:
University of Texas researchers, Behavioural Medicine: Physical inactivity speed up ageing and lead to rapid onset of muscle wastage, decreased endurance, loss of flexibility and balance
University of Texas researchers: Walking, weightlifting, flexibility training and other forms of exercise can help older people avoid the disabilities normally associated with ageing and can even reverse the ageing process itself.
Dr. Chuck McCauley, cardiology Department, Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin, US: Clinically speaking, people who exercise throughout their lives seem to d a lot better physically at handling daily activities of life as they head into older age.
"Staying Alive" Australia's The Age, 11 March 2004: It is never too late to start exercising. In a study, when sedentary 50-year olds began exercising for 1 hour a day for 4-5 days a week, their aerobic capacity returned to where it was when they were 20.
European Journal of Applied Physiology, 1996: A study showed a large elevation of HGH in response to sprints on an exercise bike and has some tips to give:
tip 1 - In terms of training, research has shown that multiple daily sessions can give rise to optimal high secretion over a 24-hour period
tip 2 - A study investigating the effects of 3 exercise sessions a day - with either 1.5 or 3-hour recovery periods between them - found the longer recoveries led to the greatest volumn of 24-hour HGH Secretion (Journal of Applied Physiology, 1997)
tip 3 - For best results, don't eat for at least 2 hours before exercising so that the exercise-induced release of HGH is not counteracted by high levels of insulin in your blog.
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