Exercising from a young age brings unsuspected benefits

Scientists from the University of Colorado suggest that exercising at an early age can improve our microbiome and health.

Perform some physical activity on a regular basis is one of the most important keys to taking care of our health. Exercise can help protect us against the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, or diabetes. Not only does it allow us to control our weight, but it makes us feel better about ourselves.

The sooner we practice physical exercise, the better. What we may not have known until now is that doing activities early could be beneficial for our body. That is what scientists at the University of Colorado propose, who have discovered that physical exercise at an early age can alter our microbiome.

This term refers to the set of microorganisms that coexist inside us. Today scientific evidence maintains that there are ten bacterial cells for every human cell. Putting contact lenses, taking antibiotics, having a pet or applying a cosmetic can affect the microbes that we have on the skin or within the digestive system.

Exercise, the sooner the better

The Colorado researchers have published their results in the journal Immunology and Cell Biology, in which they show that physical activity at an early age it is capable of producing beneficial changes in our microbiome. The work points out that there is a “window of opportunity” during human development to improve our health in the medium and long term.

According Monika fleshner, “Exercise affects many aspects of our health, both metabolic and mental, and scientists have only just begun to study the plasticity of intestinal microorganisms.” This microbiome, according to current research, contributes about five million genes to a person’s genetic profile, so that “malleable” microbial diversity can have a significant impact on our health.

In the study, the scientists found that early exercise in rats was able to “provide” a better microbiome, compared to those animals that were not physically active when young. Although the results of the work should confirm this characteristic of the microbiome, their conclusions suggest that “The sooner you exercise, the better”.

The scientific community should evaluate this “Microbial plasticity” in the future, and check if this diversity can also be transformed in adulthood. In any case, the work now published highlights once again the importance of taking care of our health through physical exercise. And the sooner we carry out an activity, the more opportunities we will have to improve our body.

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