• Want To Look Younger? Then Get Off The Sofa

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Sep 12th, 2014

Almost everyone obsesses about wrinkles, but what can you do short of staying out of the sun or pumping your face full of chemicals? The answer may be as simple as a jog around the park. 

In a recent study, researchers showed that exercise not only keeps skin younger, but may also reverse skin aging, even if you don’t get active ’til later in life, according to an article in the New York Times online. 

29 volunteers both male and female aged 20 to 84 were asked to bare their buttocks (an area that is not exposed to damaging rays of the sun). They were divided into two groups–physically active and sedentary.  The half over age 40 that exercised actively had skin that looked much younger than their age (as much as 20-30 years younger).   

Researchers then had the sedentary volunteers over age 65 exercise twice a week and guess what?  Exercising twice a week over the course of three months changed skin to as youthful. The researchers say the results were remarkable, noting that the skin samples looked very different, with skin looking like those of 20 to 40 year-olds after exercise. 

Of course, exercise has a lot of other benefits as well. It can lead to a sharper brain, reduction in cancer and  better cardiovascular health as well. Studies show that even after two weeks of exercise, tangible benefits might be evident. 

What does all this mean? That we’ll see you at the gym!

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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