Another healthy tip courtesy of Dr. Mike Roizen
Walk 30 extra minutes every day, no excuses: Your Superhuman skill is . . .. exercise. New, ripped-from-the-headlines evidence shows that by moving your body, you can turn on specific genes that make your life better (less disease, less disability, more vigor). In a 2012 Swedish study, high-tech examination of the genes of inactive people who started exercising revealed that using your muscles activates genes that promote fat-burning, but much more importantly, prevent disease, disability, confer more energy, and even more brain power. The benefits kick in within minutes of your first steps – which means you win every time you move, whether it’s a 10-minute lunchtime stroll, an all-day bike ride or dancing to your favorite tunes (disco? We won’t tell!).
Why? Genes are “protein factories”-whether they are on or off or producing beneficial or harmful proteins is apparently up to you and your choices. Exercise flips chemical switches to turn on the protein factories of specific genes that reprogram your metabolism, as well as your disease fighting and energy-giving capabilities.
- Dr. Mike Roizen, Medical Content Director at Sharecare.com