Best Exercise for Telomere Length

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

Long telomeres can potentially indicate longevity—find out how you can support them with exercise!


0:00 Introduction: What are telomeres?

0:33 Best exercise for telomere length

2:05 Share your success story!

In this video, we’re going to talk about the best exercise for telomere length.

The first question is, what are telomeres? A telomere is a protective coating on the end of your chromosomes to protect your genes. This is like the plastic cap on the end of your shoe strings that helps keep them from unraveling.

The longer your telomeres, the longer you can potentially live.

There are plenty of things you can do to keep your telomere length high. We’re going to talk specifically about the effects of exercise on your telomeres.

Exercise—regardless of what kind—is associated with longer telomeres. In other words, the more you exercise, the better chance you have at living a longer life.

There is a significant association between telomere length and robust to moderate exercise. This includes HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and aerobic endurance training.

The reason why these exercises help with maintaining long telomeres is that they help decrease oxidative stress and inflammation.

Research shows that those who do non-endurance aerobic exercise and resistance training exercise did not have higher telomere lengths like the other exercise groups.

However, data does show that resistance training can improve cardiovascular function and decrease your risk of a heart attack.

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