Everyone wants to keep their face and body youthful, even as we age. It is no secret that most people resort to nonsurgical cosmetic treatments such as dermal Fillers or anti-wrinkle injection or surgical cosmetic treatments such as liposuction. 

A new study has found that regular physical activity can keep your muscles young and healthy like you were in your 20s. We, at SKIN CLUB – Cosmetic Doctors, are also big promoters of a healthy diet and regular exercise to maintain cosmetic treatment results and for the overall health benefits such as mental health and heart disease protection. 

In a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, it was found that regular exercise may protect your muscle mass against cellular damage and aging through an anti-inflammatory effect as claimed by the authors of the study of 3 groups: 

  • Group A: 21 elderly active men

  • Group B: 10 male runners and cyclists in their early 20s

  • Group C: 10 elderly inactive, healthy men

The men’s thighs were measured and samples of blood and muscle tissues were taken to understand the composition and response to inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s response to stress or injury. It helps repair and strengthens the tissue muscles when you endure strenuous exercise. 

Muscle mass is one of the data that is correlated with age and lifestyle. The youngest group had the largest circumference while the elderly inactive ones had the smallest. So what is the difference in the inflammatory response of the active elderly group from the sedentary elderly group? 

All participants were asked to complete a short single session of lower-body weight training on a knee extension machine so the muscles would experience unfamiliar stress. After a few hours, blood samples were taken and muscles were biopsied and analyzed. The researchers found the following differences: 

  • For Group A (21 elderly active men), the inflammatory levels were slightly higher and the anti-inflammatory reaction was lower.

  • For Group B (10 male runners and cyclists in their early 20s), they showed a brief increase of inflammation and anti-inflammatory signals in both blood and muscle.

  • Group C (10 elderly inactive, healthy men), their inflammatory markers were higher and spiked significantly with minimal signs of anti-inflammatory signals in the short-term.

The research concluded that starting regular training and engaging regular exercise may be the key to keeping aging muscles healthy even during inflammation. It also showed that inactive sets of muscles overreact to muscle stress and recovery from inflammation. The Professor of Exercise Science at Ball State University in Muncie, who supervised this study advised that it’s not too late to engage in exercise for those inactive older people since the muscles will still respond and grow. 

Therefore, regular exercise training at a young age may be the key to look and feel young, to reduce the risk of injury, and to improve your overall health in the future. 

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