Want To Look Younger? Try Exercising

There are plenty of expensive creams and serums on the market that promise youthful, glowing skin, but the best strategy for looking younger than your age may be exercising, according to recent findings presented at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine's annual meetings.

Having noticed that high activity levels seemed to reduce — or even reverse — aging in mice bred to age prematurely, researchers wanted to know if that effect applied to humans. Here's The New York Times on what happened next:

Why uncover a buttock, you ask? The purpose was to determine the impact of aging independent of sun damage, and (for most people) the buttocks remain relatively unexposed to sunlight compared with, say, the face. After breaking down the group by exercise levels, the researchers discovered that men and women over 40 who were physically active had skin that more closely resembled that of people in their 20s and 30s, even for much older participants.

But the scientists couldn't be sure these results were not the result of other lifestyle factors; to control for this, they asked sedentary adults over age 65 to begin exercising,

These are pretty remarkable results, even considering the small sample size. Ultimately, though, it probably helps confirm what you already know: exercising is good for you!

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