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Reversing the Aging Process Without Pills, Potions or Expensive Therapies

Reversing the Aging Process Without Pills, Potions or Expensive Therapies

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Dr. Kim Mulvihill ReportingImagine turning your genes back to those of a 20-year-old. Some scientists may have found a way, and they say anyone can do it.

There are plenty of benefits to exercising. Some people say it gives you energy for the day and builds muscle mass. Others say it's a great way to get rid of stress.

New research shows exercising, especially weight training, does a lot more. It can turn back the hands of time.

Scientists at the Buck Institute for Age Research in Marin County made the startling discovery. What makes this a landmark study is that they looked at older people with no diseases and taking no medications, and were able to see on a genetic level what a difference exercise could make.

The batteries, if you will, that run your cells lose power as you age. They lose about one percent a year starting at age of 40. This study found that resistance training can reset those batteries back to that of even a 20-year-old.

Researcher Dr. Simon Melov says they don't now how long the genetic rejuvenation will last. Melov says, "It's all very good and well to be told exercise is good for, but it's a different thing to be told exercise, it's making your muscles go back to being younger."

Dr. Kim says what makes this even better is that it is easy to do. In this study they did weight lifting for about an hour, twice a week. You don't have to spend your life pumping iron in a gym. Simple exercises you can do at home also work.

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