We all know exercise is vital for keeping your weight down and your health optimal. But did you know that exercise call also slow down aging? And with that, keep you looking younger longer? No plastic surgery or expensive skincare needed! Here are a few reasons how regular exercise (at least 3-4 days a week, mixing up both cardio and weights) can keep you looking AND feeling younger than the birthdate on your driver’s license.

  1. It give you more energy. Forget feeling creaky and tired after ten hours of sleep: Exercise give you more vitality and puts a bounce in your step, making everyday tasks seem less daunting.
  2. Exercise keeps your skin softer and brighter. No more aging dullness! Studies show that people who have exercised regularly for years have skin that looks like it belongs to people a decade younger or more.
  3. You look taller. Strength training improves both bones and muscles, keeping your core and bones strong, leading to better posture. No hunched over old ladies over here!
  4. Exercise is a natural antidepressant. Feeling blue regularly? Go for a brisk walk or take that Zumba class. It will increase the production of endorphins, and the smile on your face post-workout and the long-term sense of well-being will be worth it.
  5. You may really slow down aging. Exercise affects the aging process in your chromosomes by lengthening telomeres, which are the caps at the end of chromosomes that control aging. As you get older, they naturally shorten, but exercise appears to slow this process.
  6. Exercise improves allover circulation. From your heart to your skin to your muscles, regular heart-pumping workouts keep oxygen-rich blood heading to where your body needs it most. And good blood circulation to the skin keeps connective tissue more flexible, keeping skin tighter as well as more luminous.

If these six reasons aren’t reason enough to get on a regular workout program, then nothing will convince you. From your health to your looks, exercise is vital to a long (and youthful) life.