Exercise

This topic is part of a series of health-related topics with a focus on anti-aging. Most of the source material comes from a weekly eletter from the economist Patrick Cox who has an investment advisory service for the biotechnology field with Mauldin Economics.

General Discussion

The importance of exercise in a good lifestyle is that it is complimentary to any anti-aging therapy. Here are Patrick Cox’s comments on these issues: The Importance (and Limitations) of Being Fit.

Research shows that strength training improves health, cognition and longevity: Lift Weights, Get Smart.

Rapid Thermal Exchange

Tech investment advisor, Patrick Cox gives an overview of a discovery by two Stanford University biologists, Drs. Craig Heller and Dennis Grahn, of a way to dramatically increase the benefits of exercise.

Experts in mammalian thermoregulation, the doctors discovered that like all mammals, humans have an alternative circulatory system that kicks in when core body temperature rises. Arterial blood is rerouted away from the normal capillary system that handles oxygen and nutrition delivery. Instead, blood moves into the arteriovenous anastomoses (AVA) system and is directed to special vessels in the palms of the hands as well as the soles of the feet and cheeks. Called the retia venosa, it moves heat rapidly from the body’s core to these extremities. This cools the brain and vital organs fast at the expense of pumping oxygen and nutrients to the external muscles of the body.

The doctors developed a device that is equivalent to placing one hand in an ice bath to speed up heat removal. This allows the body to recover quickly from a workout avoiding much of the delayed-onset muscle soreness due to this heat buildup

Delayed-onset muscle soreness is one result of this heat buildup

Benefits

Research has shown that cardiovascular and strength training can increase your life expectancy by preventing or reversing many serious health risks including:

  • arthritis,
  • osteoporosis,
  • obesity,
  • loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia),
  • age-related loss of function,
  • diabetes,
  • cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

Exercise improves sleep, mood, metabolism, appearance, and creativity.

Exercising the Mind

Here is a short article that argues that video games can improve some cognitive functions: Video Games Can Help Make Older Brains More Youthful. As Cox notes, anything that forces you to react quickly to unexpected stimuli will increase neuroplasticity and cognition..

Links

  1. Rapid Thermal Exchange – AVACore

References

  1. Breakthrough Device Quickens Exercise Recovery and Leads to Better Workouts

 

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