Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for premature death worldwide.1 Throughout human history, survival necessitated physical activity. Daily physical work defined and shaped the way the human body functions.
Today, a general lack of physical activity directly contributes to many chronic diseases and reduces life expectancy by about as much as smoking or obesity. Physical inactivity may account for nearly 10% of all premature deaths.2,3
Evidence linking better cardiorespiratory fitness to improved health and longevity is overwhelming.4-7 In fact, maintaining cardiorespiratory fitness reduces risk of chronic diseases and death more than any drug.8-11
Experts have called for a measurement of cardiorespiratory fitness, such as sub-maximal VO2 max estimates, to be added to routine cardiovascular health screening alongside more typical markers, such as cholesterol, blood pressure, and hemoglobin A1C.4,6,7
Physical activity can include a variety of enjoyable activities such as dancing, gardening, sightseeing, and other simple alternatives to sedentary behavior. Even 75 minutes of brisk walking per week has been linked to longevity and substantial health benefits.12
At the cellular level, exercise protects DNA against oxidative damage and rejuvenates energy-producing mitochondria.13-15 Exercise also activates AMPK (AMP-activated protein kinase)—a crucial regulator of energy metabolism.16
In this protocol, you will discover innovative ways to maximize the longevity benefits of regular physical activity using an integrative approach. For instance, hormone restoration, including impressive exercise-potentiating effects of the adrenal hormone DHEA, will be reviewed. You will also learn about the performance-enhancing effects of various natural agents, including creatine, carnitine, whey protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D.