Is the relationship between exercise and telomere length dose-dependent? | Elissa Epel

Parent Episode: Dr. Elissa Epel on Telomeres and the Role of Stress Biology in Cellular Aging

Small, moderate healthy behaviors can add up to reduce inflammation, increase longevity, and lengthen our cells' telomeres – factors that are critical to healthy aging. One healthy behavior is exercise, especially endurance exercise, such as running, swimming, cycling, or even vigorous walking. In this clip, Dr. Elissa Epel describes how the beneficial effects of exercise on telomere length are dose-dependent, but in a non-linear fashion. In other words, the extreme athlete won't necessarily see greater benefits in terms of telomere length than the average person who consistently engages in physical activity.

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