Has enough been said about being sedentary and a lack of exercise? So many researches have found the dangers of being sedentary and not exercising, and a recent research has gone on to reveal how they can make one age faster.
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that elderly women who sit for more than 10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are biologically older by eight years compared to women who are less sedentary.
Nearly 1,500 women, ages 64 to 95, participated in the study.
According to Aladdin Shadyab, PhD, lead author of the study with the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine: “Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle. Chronological age doesn’t always match biological age.”
“We found that women who sat longer did not have shorter telomere length if they exercised for at least 30 minutes a day, the national recommended guideline,” said Shadyab. “Discussions about the benefits of exercise should start when we are young, and physical activity should continue to be part of our daily lives as we get older, even at 80 years old.”
The importance of taking walks, engaging in regular exercises and avoiding being sedentary cannot be overemphasized.