a few short weeks ago our host Greta Blackburn held one of
her fabulous FIT CAMP events in Cancun Mexico. If you missed
it you missed a great one!
that event several presenters, including top Scientist Bill
Andrews co-discoverer of the HTERT gene and leading
scientist at Sierra Sciences LLC and top trainer Phil
Campbell (whose book Ready Set Go Synergy Fitness
revolutionized the field of high intensity interval training
over a decade ago) both gave phenomenal presentations on the
hows and whys of everything from sprint training
to ultra running.
recurring theme emerged: exercise is not only good for you
in terms of how you look and how you feel but it also is good
for longevity, especially for telomere length.
the telomeres are those biological time clocks AND health
clocks that live at the end of your chromosomes. Every time
your cells divide to make a new set of cells the time clock
ticks and your absolute life span gets shorter.
a study in well conditioned German middle distance runners
whose average age was about 45 showed you can indeed slow
down those time clocks with exercise.
found that at age 25 most everyone had a free pass which equated
to long telomeres although there were some outliers who had
already started to age faster probably from too much partying!
in the folks who did not exercise at all the telomere length
shortened dramatically over the next 2 decades. In the runners,
however, there was almost no distinguishable difference between
telomere length at 25 and at 45.
a couple of things are important here. These runners were
high level former collegiate athletes in most cases. They
had been running steadily for 2 decades and were putting in
over 40 miles a week. That is lot of miles for most people.
most high level runners dont just run they strength
train and do interval training programs similar to Phil Campbells
Sprint 8 as their speed work.
what is it about this kind of training that helps keep telomeres
most like it has to do with the bodys ability to handle
oxidative stress. Runners tend to develop the mechanisms needed
to handle the increased oxidative load of exercise to a high
ultra runners whose oxidative stress levels go through the
roof in the first 24 hours after a long race return to baseline
Telonauts are convinced that the best exercise is one that
develops the ability to handle free radical oxidative stress
without actually putting all that much long term oxidative
stress on the body. That is why we favor Phil Campbells
Sprint 8 programs as detailed in his book Ready set
Go Synergy Fitness as well as our book The Immortality
Edge which is coming out in January 2011.
Fit Camp Panel of Experts; Phil Campbell, Dr Dave Woynarowski
Fit Camp creator, Greta Blackburn www.FitCamp.com,
Dr. Joe Mercola www.Mercola.com,
and Dr Bill Andrews, ultramarathon athlete and telomeres expert
with 35 telomeres research patents.
these programs you can really crank up you oxidative capacity
(as measured by VO2 max and lactate threshold for you exercise
buffs) without having a lot of damaging stuff hanging around
for days on end.
study done in Canada showed you could reverse years of exercise
neglect with just a year of high intensity training for a
total of 9 hours a week and reverse the age related decline
in your functional lung capacity by up to twelve years
a quick note on weight lifting. WE think strength training
is absolutely essential for balanced physical being. There
is only one tiny study in weight lifters specifically power
lifters. In this group the average telomere length and the
shortest telomere lengths both were longer than in non weight
trained individuals suggesting at the very least that weight
lifting may be good for your telomeres as well.
what should you do?
hard and fast at least some of the time and take those anti-oxidants,
specifically fish oil co Q 10 Carnosine Vitamin D and a good
multi vite to keep those free radicals at bay.
are youll live a longer and healthier life because of
it. And make sure you get a copy of Phil Campbells great
book Ready Set Go Synergy fitness and watch for
our book The Immortality Edge coming soon.