Want to look as young as celebrities look? You could be aging yourself by doing something that has nothing to do with eating or exercise.
An astonishing new study from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine says that one thing that most people do is causing them to age faster, and it has nothing to do with your diet your exercise regimen. The study found that a sedentary lifestyle caused people to age by a whopping eight years.
The study included 1,500 women between the ages of 64 and 95. They were asked to complete a questionnaire and wear an accelerometer for seven straight days while awake and asleep so scientists could figure out what their daily habits were as far as eating, exercise and general lifestyle, according to a statement from the university.
The findings were shocking: elderly women who had low levels of physical activity who sit at least 10 hours every day have cells that are biologically eight years older than those who were not as sedentary. Low levels of exercise contributed to the problem, with women who carried out less than 40 minutes of either moderate or vigorous activity every day and were sedentary for longer than 10 hours having the shortest telomeres. Telomeres are the ends of DNA strands that are meant to protect chromosomes from deterioration, a key factor in aging.