Telomeres are nucleoprotein caps positioned at the end of chromosomes … our genes.  The telomere is important because it protects the chromosomes from deterioration.  Telomeres allow the cells to divide without losing our genes or DNA.  Without telomeres, chromosome ends could fuse together and corrupt the cell’s genetic blueprint, possibly causing malfunction, cancer or cell death.  As we age, telomeres shorten significantly affecting our chromosomes resulting in gradual cell deterioration making us susceptible to diseases.

Research has now shown that regular physical activity accounted for significantly longer telomeres.  Researchers are now studying disease risk and cellular aging as related to telomere length and finding that there is a significant reduction in diseases commonly associated with aging and increased telomere length.  The longer telomere length that is found in highly physically active adults accounted for 9 years of reduced cellular aging.  Want to keep your cells young, keeping doing what I know you all are, coming to class whenever you can and being active on a daily basis!

Source: Science Direct


Workout for Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Strength Focus

As a group we will review the techniques and scaling options of the following exercises to set up for the workout:

3 sets of 5 of each
A) Wallballs (reviewing scaling options and set-up)
B) Kettlebell swings (select appropriate weight)
C) Step-ups (select appropriate height box)
D) Burpees/Lunges (reviewing scaling options)

Conditioning Workout

Complete 3 rounds of the following:

40 sec Wallballs
60 sec rest
40 sec Kettlebell Swings
60 sec rest
40 sec Step-ups
60 sec rest
40 sec Burpee/Lunges

2 full minutes of rest before next round


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