- By Vivien Williams
Mayo Clinic Minute: Healthy aging with interval training
Mayo Clinic research gives you another reason to get off the couch and start moving. Dr. Sreekumaran Nair, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist, found that interval training fights the aging process. He says that type of cardiovascular exercise is important for good health and even longevity.
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Our bodies are meant to move. The recent Mayo Clinic study shows high intensity interval training, that’s when you repeatedly go hard for a few minutes and then go slowly, helps reverse aging changes. It builds exercise capacity, which helps you to stay healthier longer.
Dr. Nair, the study's author says, “People who maintain a high endurance capacity, they have lower mortality.”
Dr. Nair says any type of exercise is good for you, as being sedentary accelerates the body’s aging process. But interval training produces changes at the cellular level that keep your organs healthy longer, even if you have underlying conditions such as obesity or diabetes. Dr. Nair says intervals help improve your overall health span, and even lifespan.
If you don’t exercise, talk to your health care provider and be sure to start slowly. Moving more for better health.