Reclaim Youth with Strength Training

The best way to hang onto health and youthfulness is consistent exercise. People who workout regularly almost always look younger than they are and tend to move and feel better than their sedentary peers.  Why is that…?  It might have something to do with the way exercise affects genes, amongst other things.

A 2007 McMaster University study compared the genes of older adults to those of younger adults and then put the older adults through a six month progressive strength training program.  After the six months, some of the genes in the group of seniors had reversed to a condition comparable to those of the younger group.

This result is striking since it shows us that regular, progressive strength training can actually reverse some of the effects of the aging process. Obviously nothing can halt the effects of time completely, and even though this is  just one study, I count it as one more upside to regular strength training.

Don’t be intimidated by weights.  Strength training can help just about everyone and doesn’t have to be complicated.  Get some inspiration from our functional training blog and ask one of our personal trainers for help if you need guidance!

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Michael Bento is an Advanced Trainer at the Clubs at Charles River Park. He holds a Masters degree in Human Movement and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist.

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