DO YOU KNOW WHAT OUR BIOLOGICAL AGE IS?

The biological age refers to the condition of our body and health, which is often different from our chronological age.

Scientists say that the biological age means how old our body seems, while the chronological age stands for the length of the life of the body. Yet, there are a few ways in which you can discover the biological age of your body.

Telomeres are the chromosomes’ protective ends, whose role is to do their best to prevent the fusing of chromosomes ends with a neighboring chromosome or deteriorating. This has its effects on the speed of aging and death of cells.

Dr. Terry Grossman, medical director and founder of the Grossman Wellness Center in Denver, claims that a telomere bead falls off from the end of the chromosome every time a cell divides. Apparently, there is a direct link between the telomere length and our biological age.

The more you live, the greater chronological age you have, and the telomeres have a shorter total length. However, there is an easier way to find out your biological age at home. This simple flexibility test will provide highly accurate results.

Stretch the body, and do several slow jumping jacks, to boost the free blood flow to the muscles.

In a standing position, join the feet, bend at the hips, and try to reach down with the hands. Try to go as far as possible. If you feel any pain or discomfort, bend the legs a bit.

Then, compare your results with the following:

  • You are an average person between 20-25 if you could keep the legs straight, touch the floor with the hands, but feel the body flexible, and the muscles relaxed.
  • Your biological age is between 35 and 38 if you bent the legs only a bit, and touched the floor with the fingertips.
  • Your muscle flexibility resembles a person between 38 and 50, if you kept the legs straight or bent a bit, managed to only touch the feet or the toes, but felt great discomfort, and the muscles were tense.
  • Your muscle flexibility indicates that you are a person older than 50, if you couldn’t touch the feet, couldn’t keep the legs straight or bent only a bit, and felt pain, that made you want to stand up immediately.

So, what is your biological age?

Try to stretch every day in order to boost your flexibility and tone your muscles. If you exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and lead a healthy lifestyle, you can significantly maintain the length of your telomeres.

Activity Slows down Cellular Aging

For the first time, a study has explored the link between sedentary time, exercise, and telomeres.

In the study, exercise science professor Larry Tucker from Brigham Young University compared telomere length with levels of physical activity. His findings showed significant differences between those who did regular, vigorous exercise and those who did not.

“Just because you’re 40, doesn’t mean you’re 40 years old biologically,” he said in a statement. “We all know people that seem younger than their actual age. The more physically active we are, the less biological aging takes place in our bodies.”

He discovered adults with a high level of physical activity had a “biological aging advantage” of nine years compared to sedentary adults. When compared with those who did a moderate amount of exercise, the difference for highly active adults was seven years.

A sedentary lifestyle is one with irregular or no physical activity. The person who follows such a lifestyle is often referred to as a “couch potato” because he or she spends most of the time sitting, watching television, working on a computer, texting, playing video games, reading, and similar activities.

Unfortunately, such a lifestyle can contribute to numerous causes of death or negative health consequences, many of which might have been prevented.

Cells make up every organ in the body, and the rate at which the cells die varies in each individual. Other lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, and stress can also greatly influence the progression of cellular aging.

Our cells contain telomeres, repetitive sections of DNA which are located at the end of chromosomes. Those telomeres protect the chromosomes from deterioration, which is similar to the way that shoelace’s tips protect from fraying. As a person ages, the telomeres become shorter until the cells die or transform into oncogenic cells that have the potential to cause cancer. Short telomeres have been linked to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

“Overall, physical activity was significantly and meaningfully associated with telomere length in U.S. men and women,” he wrote. “Evidently, adults who participate in high levels of physical activity tend to have longer telomeres, accounting for years of reduced cellular aging compared to their more sedentary counterparts.”

This is the first time that a study has investigated the link between telomeres, sedentary time, and exercise. It highlighted the importance of lifestyle choices because those women who sat for a long time did not have shorter telomere lengths if they did exercises for the national recommended guideline of at least 30 minutes a day. Physical activity should continue to be part of our daily lives even when we are 80 years old.