Exercising the Brain and Body
According to the latest research, the best way to stay young is to simply exercise. It’s been shown that training reverses significant age-associated declines in mitochondrial mass, effectively stopping the signs of aging in its tracks. Exercise induces changes in mitochondrial enzyme content and activity, which can increase your cellular energy production and decrease your risk of chronic disease.
Aside from impacting your skeletal muscle and fat tissue, researchers have found that exercise stimulates mitochondrial changes that may also benefit your liver, brain and kidneys. These changes are crucial to anti-aging and health because the Mitochondrion is the “power plant” of your cells and generates the energy for all metabolic functions. Increasing mitochondrial activity helps offset free radicals (toxic by-products of metabolism and exposure to chemicals, pollutants and other toxins) which can overwhelm your body’s defences. When free radicals weaken your body’s defences, this leads to oxidative damage to cells and tissues that can destroy cellular proteins, lipids and DNA. The process also often leads directly to the loss of mitochondrial function which, can be irreversible and lead to:
- Inability to utilize carbohydrates and fat for energy
- Insulin resistance
- Lower threshold for physical exercise
- Excessive weight gain
- Accelerated aging
- Age-associated declines in cognitive function
Exercising can also have anti-aging benefits by boosting your “growth hormone.” Peak Fitness or high-intensity interval training increases your body’s natural production of human growth hormone (HGH). In fact, a Peak Fitness workout will stimulate your fast muscle fibers to increase the production of vital human growth hormone.
This hormone is a synergistic, foundational biochemical that counteracts the serious muscle loss and atrophy that typically occurs with aging. The higher your levels of growth hormone, the healthier and stronger you will be. After the age of 30, your HGH levels begin to drop off dramatically.
This decline of HGH is a key part of what drives the aging process, so maintaining your HGH levels becomes increasingly important with age.
Our exercise physiologist will work with you on creating the most effective exercise plan for your personal Longevity Program.