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Fitness Program Can Make You Look Up To 30 Years Younger

Is exercise the magic bullet?

Exercise Can Reverse Signs of Aging Skin Up to 30 Years

Fitness changes our bodies in astonishing and intricate ways. Research has shown that daily exercise not only appears to help you learn better, replace medication when it comes to anxiety, migraine headaches and heart disease, but a Canadian study shows that it can reverse signs of aging skin up to 30 years younger.

Unfortunately our skin changes as we age, resulting in sagging, wrinkles, and crow’s feet. From about 40, most people experience a thickening of the protective, outer layer of the epidermis is known as the stratum corneum.

Composed with some collagen and mostly of dead skin cells, independent to sun damage, as you age, that surface layer gets tight, dry, denser and  flakier, while the epidermis, that inner layer start to lose cells, elasticity,  saggy and thin, to a translucent appearance.

To explore the possibilities of how to defy these physical alterations, a professor in exercise science at Ontario’s McMaster University and the team gathered a group of 29 local female and male volunteers from ages 20 to 84. 50% of the volunteers performed moderate or vigorous exercise weekly, while the others remained sedentary. From each volunteer, a biopsy, skin sample was taken from the least sun exposed area, the buttocks and compared them microscopically. When examined by age, the skin tissue samples overall aligned with what would be expected.

Past Age 65, Skin Composition That of 20 to 30-year-olds

Interestingly, tissue sample results changed noticeably when the scientists furthered their investigations by exercise habits. They discovered that from the age of 40, both men and women who frequent their daily life with exercise have remarkably healthier, thinner stratum corneums and host denser dermis layers in their skin. Even if they were past age 65, their skin composition was to that of 20 to 30-year-olds.

Scientists were still unsure if exercise was the reason of youthful skin; other factors came into place, including lifestyle, genes, and diet, all contribute and influence the skin differences between the two voluntary groups.

So the scientists set the sedentary group of volunteers for the regular monitored exercise program. Aged from 65 or older, from the beginning, the volunteers had normal skin for their age. Their personal trainer designed a basic endurance exercise program, working out at a moderately strenuous pace of cardio set for 30 minutes to at least 65% of their maximum aerobic capacity performed twice a week for 3 months.

Magic Bullet is a Fitness Program and Exercise

From examining the new tissue samples, scientist found a a significant difference with the inner and outer layers of the skin that looked very similar to those of 20- 40-year-olds. The volunteers had the skin of a much younger person, and the magic bullet is exercise.

Scientists are not 100% sure how an exercise program alters the skin composition, but from looking at the tissue samples, they have a good idea . They noticed changes in levels of myokines, found in working muscles, enter the bloodstream and stimulate changes in cells located far from the actual muscles themselves. In this study, researchers found growing levels of a myosin known as IL-15 in the exercise fitness program volunteers skin samples. In fact their skin tissue samples contained 50% more IL-15 after the study than from the beginning study.

Unlikely Any Nip Tuck, Face Cream or Injection Can Replicate Effects of Exercise

These additional myokines and other substances are what scientists believe are responsible for the skin changes all in response to the fitness program, making it unlikely that any nip tuck, face cream or injection can replicate.