A Real Anti-Ageing Workout
You’ve heard of anti-ageing skin treatments and diets that should make your physical appearance more vibrant and glowing, but did you know that exercising can do wonders for the anti-ageing process, too?
Our issues with ageing don’t just involve wrinkles or greying hair, the body also suffers wear and tear over time. As we become older, we’re prone to injury, diseases and all sorts of health conditions. Regular physical activity will not stop our hair from turning white or stop the crow’s feet around our eyes from creeping in, but exercise can provide us a whole slew of health benefits that will make the ageing process less stressful and scary. We can prevent frailty in particular by focusing on strength training. This means stronger bones and muscles.
What’s more, scientific studies have backed up the power of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) when it comes to benefiting our bodies on a cellular level. One study observed that a group who did HIIT exercises for 12 weeks gained lean muscle, improved aerobic capacity, and a 49 per cent increase in the cells ability to take in more oxygen and produce more energy (mitochondrial capacity). Elderly people in this group actually experienced a 64 per cent boost.
The cell’s mitochondrial capacity is incredibly important to our bodies as it ages. The stronger the mitochondrial capacity of a cell, the greater the body’s capacity to breathe in, transport and utilise oxygen–all of which are crucial when it comes to physical exercise and overall health.
Below you’ll find some strength and aerobic exercises that can help keep you strong, healthy and physically able as you need to be at whatever age you are. All of these are classic, simple exercises that require no equipment. Do each exercise for 45 seconds, then rest for 15 seconds after each exercise. Repeat the circuit twice.
Push-ups are considered the ultimate upper-body workout. Lie down facing the floor with palms flat on the floor, level with your breast and tight to your body. Push up and try to keep your body rigid. Don’t lock your elbows and when you feel they’re about to, hold for a second, and then slowly lower yourself back down until your nose is nearly touching the floor.
Place your hands on top of an elevated stable surface, as chair or a step. Your arms should be straight and your hands should be directly below your shoulders and your feet hip-width apart. Your body should be in a straight line from your head to your ankles. Keep your buttocks and legs engaged.
Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. Bend your knees and let your buttocks sit back. Keep your chest upright. Explode into the air as high as you can. Be sure to land softly and go right into the next rep. Do as many jumps as possible in 45 seconds.
This will tighten your core for strength, tight legs, and a healthy heart. To do this, first get on the floor on your hands and knees. Push yourself up, hands apart, flat on the floor and below your shoulders. Balance your feet on your toes, but your legs don’t need to be completely stretched. Pull your left leg up, almost touching your chest. Put your left leg back and pull your right leg up. Imagine you’re climbing a horizontal slope–one leg up after the other.