Everyone knows that exercise is healthy. Whether you workout for cardiovascular health, weight loss, stress relief, or a muscular physique, there are plenty of reasons why it’s a good idea to maintain a consistent exercise routine.  And, there may be one more that you weren’t even aware of: anti-aging benefits.

How Exercise Helps Slow Aging

Some degree of aging of the skin is certainly inevitable. The dermis, the inner layer of our skin, naturally loses its elasticity over time, making it appear saggier. But, researchers have found that exercise can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and aging in the skin- and sometimes even reverse it.

The study took and examined skin samples from people ages 20 to 84. Study volunteers were divided into two groups: those who exercised regularly, and those who live a more sedentary lifestyle. They found that, after the age of 40, the group who exercised had much thicker dermis layers than the group of more sedentary study participants. The active 40-85 year-olds’ skin more closely resembled the skin of the 20 and 30-year-olds than the people in their age group!

And it gets better. Researchers then had volunteers aged 65 and over from the sedentary group take up an exercise routine. After three months, they examined their skin again and found that the dermis had thickened and they, too, now had skin that resembled that of the much younger study participants. Exercise essentially reversed some of their aging.

It’s important to note that this was independent of sun exposure, meaning the anti-aging and aging-reversal effects took place on skin that was naturally aging, not damaged due to sun exposure.

So if this news already has you lacing up for a run around the neighborhood, you may want to think twice. Running outside increases your sun exposure, which leads to signs of aging that a steady exercise routine may not be enough to counteract. Not to mention the negative effects too much running can have on your joints and your metabolism.

Get the Most Out of Your Workout At QuickHIT Fit

If you really want to reap the anti-aging benefits of exercise, strength training is the way to go, especially high-intensity training. High-intensity training at QuickHIT Fitness Labs slowly works your muscles to failure with every workout. Working your muscles this hard definitely gets your heart rate up, and gives your cardiovascular system a workout even if you aren’t doing typical “cardio.”

High-intensity training gets your blood flowing without putting too much pressure on your joints, so you’re still helping deliver vitamins nutrients throughout your cells (which stimulates collagen production), without the same risk that cardio exercises pose. This is especially important as we age and our bones naturally lose density, making us more prone to injury in and out of the gym.

At QuickHIT Fitness Labs, you’ll improve your body composition, strengthen your bones, and boost collagen production for younger looking skin — the trifecta for people of any age. Rather than running to the cosmetic surgeon for a collagen injection, it could be as simple as starting a high-intensity training routine to boost your body’s natural production. And, believe it or not, it may be less time consuming, too. Workouts at our fitness lab generally take less than 30 minutes, once a week

If you want to look and feel younger from the inside out, look no further than QuickHIT Fitness Labs. Schedule your one-on-one training session online today.