Excerpt from blog
By Adam Zickerman
While none of us can escape the inevitability of passing time, we are not entirely powerless over our own aging process, and do not have to surrender to its effects. So what can we do to slow, halt, or even reverse the inevitable aging process?
In recent studies on aging, science has been focusing on the role of Mitochondria – the cell powerhouse that generates the majority of the body’s energy. Put simply, cellular damage manifests through signs of aging such as loss of muscle mass, brain volume, skin elasticity, hair loss, and pigmentation, etc., and may be largely due to ‘malfunctioning’ mitochondria causing cells to be increasingly incapable of repairing themselves.
And how exactly does this relate to high-intensity strength training exercise? Specifically, human aging is associated with skeletal muscle atrophy and functional impairment, also known as sarcopenia, and evidence suggests that mitochondrial malfunction is a major contributor. Thus, the ability to perform high-intensity exercise is a marker of youth.
In recent scientific studies, including one from the Buck Institute for Age Research, Resistance Exercise Reverses Aging in Human Skeletal Muscle (2007), researchers demonstrated that healthy older adults exhibiting evidence of muscle weakness could, through high-intensity strength training, markedly reverse cellular conditions back to that of younger levels for most genes.
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