If you ask your doctor how to fight the effects of aging, chances are good exercise will be near the top of their list. They’ll also probably tell you cardio or aerobics are the best ways to exercise. That’s great advice, except for one tiny detail…
It’s completely wrong.
That’s right. The top exercise advice of the last 50 or 60 years is – how can I say this nicely? – mostly B.S.
Don’t get me wrong. You’re better off doing cardio or aerobics than nothing at all. But why spend hours on the treadmill when you can fight aging faster… and skip the boredom?
And please don’t worry. I won’t tell you to start lifting weights in a gym full of sweaty 20-somethings. Again, lifting weights is better than no exercise. But it’s not the best exercise.
Not if you want to turn your aging clock back. Let me explain…
Not All Exercise Is Created Equal
Back in my teens, my high school had a killer cross country squad. We didn’t have a lot of superstars, but we had depth. We had enough good runners to field two competitive squads. And it was all thanks to our coach.
You see, back in the 1970s, Long, Slow Distance or “LSD” ruled. Almost every distance runner – including Olympic athletes – trained by running endless miles at a moderate pace.
Not our team. Coach had his distance runners sprinting at least a couple of days a week. Back then, these “interval” workouts were common for sprinters… but not for guys racing for 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
This approach was unconventional. But Coach turned his squad into a perpetual winning machine.
With shorter workouts. In fact, our team was winning races by sometimes running 40% or fewer miles than the competition!
And here’s why that’s important…
A Faster Way to Reverse the Effects of Time
There’s no doubt cardio or aerobic training beats no exercise. But then, as I said, any exercise is better than none.
You see, your body tries to adapt to whatever challenge you give it. If you run lots of slow miles, your muscles, heart, and lungs will adapt to that style. A style which favors a thin frame, and a heart and lungs that only need to deal with limited stress.
But what if you train the way my high school coach worked his runners? High-intensity workouts may be shorter, but adapting to that stress means building a more athletic frame, and a heart and lungs that can move more blood and more oxygen.
Plus, studies show you’ll burn more fat in less time with shorter, more intense workouts.
And now, even the famous Mayo Clinic is falling in line.
A Bigger Benefit from Less Effort
The Mayo Clinic recently published a study showing short bouts of high-intensity exercise can boost mitochondrial function.
Mitochondria are tiny “organelles” in your cells that produce energy. They literally power everything you do. So when you make them more efficient, you literally turn the clock back on your cells.
And that helps explain why my high school coach had such great success with short bouts of high-intensity exercise. He helped young athletes achieve their maximum potential on a cellular level.
The Mayo study shows why this trick works regardless of age.
The bottom line for you is that you can get in better shape… trigger your cells to act more like younger cells… and literally turn the clock back on the effects of aging.
Of course, you should talk to your doctor before you begin any new exercise program. Especially one involving high-intensity exercise.
But if you want to fight the effects of aging, this is the most efficient way to go. And I recommend you look into Dr. Al Sears’ P.A.C.E. program.
P.A.C.E. (Progressively Accelerating Cardiopulmonary Exertion) has already helped thousands of people just like you “turn back the clock.” Based on exercise science Dr. Sears himself helped pioneer, P.A.C.E. is the safest, most effective way I’ve found to recapture your youthful energy and drive.
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
Bergland, C., “Mayo Clinic Study Identifies How Exercise Staves Off Old Age,” Psychology Today.
Mar 08, 2017.
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