Bulletin: Running is the new Fountain of Youth

I’m all about good news. So when I read this interesting study I knew I had to share it.

Researchers at McMaster University (thank you Canada) recently did a study where they forced mice to run on a treadmill (moderate intensity) for 45 minutes three times per week.

Their findings, you ask?

Five months later, researchers saw “huge recovery” in age-related damage to practically every tissue they could analyze.

What does this mean for you?

Simply running for 45 minutes three times per week can halt premature aging and even reverse aging in virtually every tissue and organ.

What’s more, the exercise did more than just protect the muscles and heart. The team found “unprecedented” anti-aging effects of endurance exercise on the brain, skin, hair, gonads (ovaries and testicles), kidneys, spleen and liver.

Pretty much every single part of the body was protected by exercise.

The study also shows that you need to start exercising young (in your 20s). It’s important to build good habits if you want to live a long life.

“We know that exercise has benefits even when humans start over the age of 65. But this study clearly shows that we can get closer to the fountain of youth if we start when we’re young and do moderate exercise our whole life.”

So what are you waiting for? It’s a beautiful day outside. I think it’s time to go for a run.

14 thoughts on “Bulletin: Running is the new Fountain of Youth”

  1. Srdjan,

    Interesting study. I’m sure even running 20 minutes 3 times a week will make a huge difference in long-term health. I’m pretty sure everyone out there would reverse the aging process, if they could.

    Alykhan

    1. I think the beauty of this study is that it shows how SIMPLE it can be to stay healthy. Running 45 minutes three times per week is completely doable so there really is no excuse. I’m curious how the results of the study would change if we were to vary the running time…

  2. Working out in general is the new fountain of youth in my opinion.
    About a decade ago I remember reading that walking alone does wonders for the elderly. Often an elderly person who has been sedentary for a long time starts to improve physically by simply taking briefs daily walks. These walks improve bone density and posture in the long run.
    Interesting stuff.
    Thanks again for your posts.
    -Sam

    1. Sam, I think what we’re getting at here is that STAYING ACTIVE in any way is the fountain of youth. The incredible benefits (like the ones you’ve mentioned) of even the slightest activity makes it surprising that people don’t do it more often. I think it’s important that we don’t underestimate the power of regular activity.

  3. I would not have guessed running has anything to do with the fountain of youth but I’m glad they have a connection. I try to run 3-4 times per week so hopefully it will help me.
    Although I’ll guess by adding to the theory ..if the running is too intensive too long it might work the other way and cause premature ageing such as the joints, tendons but I’m sure the heart and cardiovascular system will always love it!
    Raymond

    1. Raymond, it’s surprising how something as simple as running can have such a strong correlation to our longevity, isn’t it?

      In response to the second part of your comment, I think it’s fair to say that too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. Running (especially on hard surfaces) can have a lasting (negative) impact on your joints and connective tissues. But, in my opinion, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. Would you agree?

  4. This is cool. One question; since mice are a lot smaller than us, with much shorter life spans does the study suggest we run for an equivalent length of time in our terms, like 3 hours, for the same benefits? (I’m seriously thinking about what it takes to stay young forever)

    Michael

    1. You know I thought deeply about that as well Mike. But I did the research and thankfully it’s not the case. 45 minutes of (human) time is the ideal running time for full benefits.

      I think we’re all looking for that stay-young-forever solution!

  5. Nice article. I think it’d be very interesting to see a study done on running outside, preferably in a nice environment. I wonder what the effects on different hormones would be, maybe a reduction in cortisol, raise in endorphins?

    On an anecdotal basis, I can see great benefit to moving exercise outdoors.

    1. I’d be curious to see what effects running outdoors (in appealing environment) has on our hormones in comparison to running on a treadmill. There must’ve been studies done at some point. I’ll get back to you on it!

      Although it’s more pleasent to run outdoors with the sun shining, sometimes it’s simply not possible (especially here in Canada). The treadmill becomes a useful tool in this case.

      The aim is to keep moving. Regularly. It’s the easiest way to improve longevity.

  6. Nice post. I usually hate running, but I have to admit, nothing gives you that endorphin ‘exercise high’ like running a couple miles.

    Around here, I’m lucky to be able to run on the beach, which saves my joints a bit. Running on concrete – OUCH!

    I’ve been sitting around all day, it’s time to get outside! Thanks for the inspiration.

    -Ian

    1. I must say man I’m kind of jealous. There’s nothing better than running on the beach. Definitely a joint saver. I try to keep it safe by staying on the grass.

      Glad you found some inspiration here!

  7. Nice one, I like in particular the HIIT set up for outdoors running and sprinting, especially on the beach.
    It’s GREAT for weight loss, it can grow your hamstrings all on it’s own and it gets your circulation going in the morning.

    What better way to start the day!

    Thanks,

    Mark

    1. I use a lot of HIIT with my sprinting – there’s no better way to getting fast results. I typically do my training in the evening, however. You should check out my sprint training article – I got some great HIIT sprinting workouts listed. Thanks for the comment.

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