Read below for new research on how endurance training can have an effect your DNA!
Telomeres are the protective caps on the strands of chromosomes (DNA). They protect against genome degradation and fusion between two chromosomes. The length of each cap is inversely related to aging and disease. This means that the longer the telomere cap the more protection it will provide against DNA damage. Keeping you at a younger biological age!
A recent study by Werner et al. has found that the length of the telomeres is longer in endurance athletes. This is when compared to a control group and a resistance group. Resistance training has many benefits. The Anti-aging benefits looks to be linked only to cardiovascular fitness.
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Werner CM, Hecksteden A, Morsch A, Zundler J, Wegmann M, Kratzsch J, Thiery J, Hohl M, Bittenbring JT, Neumann F, Böhm M, Meyer T, Laufs U. Differential effects of endurance, interval, and resistance training on telomerase activity and telomere length in a randomized, controlled study. Eur Heart J. 2019 Jan 1;40(1):34-46. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehy585. PMID: 30496493; PMCID: PMC6312574.