Exercise: moderate sure, vigorous yes, but not “excessively strenuous”
August 9th, 2010 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a summary of the effect of exercise on telomeres: http://anti-agingfirewalls.com/2010/01/14/exercise-telomerase-and-telomeres/. The upshot seems to be that moderate to vigorous is good; “excessively strenuous” is not:
These studies leave me tentatively concluding:
Regular mildly cardiovascular exercise is likely to protect telomere lengths with aging across the three cell categories studied.
Vigorous aerobic exercise approaching “maximal aerobic exercise activity” may further serve to keep telomere lengths at youthful levels in leukocytes.
However, excessively strenuous exercise such as lifting very heavy weights or leading to exercise-associated fatigue may lead to compromised telomere lengths in muscle and/or PBMC cells and be life-shortening.
So, I believe moderation should be the rule.
Let’s discuss at the conference. —Christine Peterson, Chairman, Personalized Life Extension 2010