Looking for the Fountain of Youth? Well look no further. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic conducted a study that found the secret to keeping your body youthful stems from the way you move. The study took 36 men and 36 women split into young and older age groups and assigned them a three-month workout of either high-intensity interval training (HIIT), strength training, or a combination of the two. After three months, the results suggest that HIIT helps to prevent aging within our body. Why HIIT? According to the study, HIIT improves mitochondrial functioning. Mitochondria are the powerhouse of our cells and is responsible for developing 90 percent of the energy we need to sustain life and perform organ functions. As we age, our mitochondrial functioning declines, taking down our organs with it. However, the Mayo Clinic study found that HIIT improved mitochondrial functioning by 69 percent in the older group and 49 percent in the younger group, suggesting a delay in the aging process. HIIT also resulted in an increase in insulin levels, heart and lung health, and protein. HIIT Exercises for You HIIT involves intervals of high intensity training, followed by intervals of relatively low input training. Alternating allows the body to enter an anaerobic state of rest, which forces the body to utilize energy stored in muscle cells and make the mitochondria work longer and harder. The high intensity training should elevate your heart rate to about 70-90 percent of its max, while the rest periods should be at 60-65 percent max heart rate. The basic way to calculate your max heart rate is to subtract your age from 220. Here are some examples of effective HIIT exercises that you can incorporate into your routine to help you delay the aging process. · Jog and Sprint: This is a very basic exercise that will help you start your training. Simply jog for 30 seconds and then sprint for 30 seconds. · Infinite Push-ups: This exercise is great when you’re on the go or simply sitting in your own home. Do 10 push-ups, then rest for 30 seconds. If you want, you can increase the number of push-ups you do between your breaks, or you can do pyramid push-ups, where you add an extra set of push-ups after each 30 second break. · The Prison Workout: Don’t let the name scare you – the prison workout is quite simple. You do five pull ups, then 10 squats, and 15 push-ups, then rest for a minute and do it all over again. While you’re conducting these exercises be sure to monitor your heart rate and make sure that you’re achieving the high and low levels when needed. Once you master the anaerobic state of rest, your cells will work to keep you younger longer. Who needs a fountain of youth, when you can do these exercises right in your living room. About the Author: Sally Phillips is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.