Exercise may be the best protection against aging that we have, according to new research

Business Insider | 8/8/2018 | Erin Brodwin
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There's even more evidence that two forms of exercise — cardio and strength training — can help protect you against some of the wear and tear of aging .

A new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that older folks who clock in more movement see better levels of key blood biomarkers related to heart health.

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The study emphasizes that regular physical activity at any level may be more beneficial than the occasional high-intensity workout .

Let's get physical isn't just a catchy line from an Olivia Newton John song — it's a health intervention.

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Exercise is increasingly being recognized as the closest thing to a miracle drug that we have . Not only does regular movement appear to benefit our mind and body, it also seems to protect us from many aspects of aging's slow wear and tear.

For a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association , researchers found that older people who spent less time sitting and more time moving had fewer signs of encroaching heart disease.

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The scientists had 1,600 British volunteers between the ages of 60 to 64 wear heart-rate sensors for five days. They analyzed the participants' activity levels and compared them to indicators of heart disease such as cholesterol precursors and a substance called interleukin-6. Overall, the participants with more activity had lower levels of all of the negative biomarkers.

The effects were even noticeable when the researchers looked at participants' activity in 10-minute chunks. Every 10 minutes spent doing some kind of movement — whether it was walking, playing tennis, or gardening — was linked with measurable improvements in at least one type of biomarker related to heart health.

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Conversely, every 10 minutes spent sitting was tied to worse biomarker results.

These results add to a growing body of evidence that suggests physical...
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