We all know that exercise is beneficial. Study after study proves to us that it helps fight disease, helps us lose weight, and keeps us looking and feeling young. But did you know that exercise can physically change your genes?
According to an article on foxnews.com , after just 20 minutes of exercise “there were chemical changes in genes within the muscle cells, and these same genes were increased in expression. In other words, exercise helped “turn on” these genes, according to the study.”
What, exactly, does that mean? It means in the long run, your genes could be “reprogrammed” for strength and stamina. This is key when remembering that muscles tell your bones what to do. Whether you’re waving at your friend, taking a walk, or getting up out of a chair, the muscles are in charge. If there’s a study out showing that muscles can be reprogrammed, then this should give you hope for your body! Not only can you regain strength and stamina, but you can remind the muscles of the body that they need to be working in a balanced fashion to help realign your skeletal system, returning you to a pain-free state. Your body should be moving efficiently with the left and right sides, your front and back sides, and your top and bottom halves all able to maintain proper balance.
The bottom line is that “exercise causes chemical modifications to genes that may ultimately play a role in the body’s adaptation to running and lifting weights.”
It’s pretty cool to know that you can retrain/reteach your muscles what they need to be doing. You CAN, in fact, teach an old dog new tricks!