Best of all, you don't need to become a triathlete to get anti-aging benefits. "Any type of movement helps," says Liz Miersch, certified trainer and editor-in-chief of Q by Equinox. "The more you sit locked in any position, the more your muscles, joints and tissues are going to age.” The key lies in our fascia, a web of tissue that holds everything—muscles, blood vessels and nerves—together. “Working out helps replenish the fascia,” Miersch adds. Think of it like this: You know how your favorite anti-aging cream works to speed up cell turnover to keep the skin on your face looking fresh and glowing? Exercise is the catalyst to increasing the speed of the turnover of your fascia.
Not all activity is created equal
While any exercise is better than sitting on your bum watching yet another episode of Homeland, it’s multi-dimensional moves, like a squat with an overhead press, that will help your body reap the most anti-aging benefits. “Neuromuscularly, two or three-part exercises recruit helper muscles and keep you moving in different ways. “There’s a hormone that’s released when we exercise that helps maintain and support muscle tissue,” explains Miersch. “The more complex and complicated the exercise, the more hormone is released.” In addition to weight lifting, running, jumping and bouncing will help keep your fascia bouncy and elastic. Weight-bearing exercises help build up your bone mass—key when you think about preventing osteoporosis and maintaining your full height throughout your lifetime. So, go ahead and sign up for that 10K or invest in a mini trampoline.
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