Want to stay younger longer? Exercise can definitely help, but be sure you’re doing these two workouts. A new European study has found that this combination is far better at helping you stay young compared to others. 

A study just published in the European Heart Journal set out to figure out which types of exercise help to prevent cellular aging. 

Over six months, the researchers followed 124 participants and divided them into four groups. The first group was inactive, the second did resistance training. The third group did endurance training, and finally, group number four did high-intensity interval training. Each group engaged in their specific exercise for 45 minutes, three times a week. 

What else did the researchers look at? Before the start of the study, researchers measured and analyzed the length of the participants telomeres. 

What are telomeres?

Telomeres are the protective caps at the end of the chromosome. It’s crucial to keep telomeres strong and healthy because when they start to weaken, your cells become compromised and can deteriorate with age. 

So, which workouts were best for preserving and strengthening telomeres? 

Top 2 workouts to stay young

The secret to staying younger in the long run (no pun intended)? According to the study’s co-author, Christian Werner, M.D., “Resistance exercise should be complementary to endurance training, rather than a substitute.”

Why endurance and high-intensity interval training? In both of these groups, the protein (telomerase) which protects and strengthens the telomeres, increased two to three times. As a result, the telomeres lengthened. 

When telomeres are strong and healthy, it helps prevent cellular aging. So, consider doing a mix of both endurance training (like running) and resistance exercise (like HIIT, weight lifting, or even yoga) for a youthful glow, inside and out. 

A woman’s menstrual cycle is already a painful affair. From cramping, to bloating, to fatigue and so much more, this time of the month is very uncomfortable. And unfortunately, the menstrual products women use can often ascorbate their symptoms, instead of making them feel better. But this new menstrual disc from Flex might be the solution for you.

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Doctors have found a clear link between vaginal pH and infections; but how does that affect the period products we use?

The normally acidic vaginal pH may become more alkaline during your period due to blood traveling through the vaginal canal. Our bodies are able to handle a certain level of pH fluctuation, but the period products we use could be contributing to an elevated pH. For example, tampons absorb and retain not only your menses but other essential fluid that your body needs to maintain a healthy pH. When the pH is elevated, some women can develop bacterial vaginosis and experience symptoms such as odor, itching, and irritation often associated with yeast infections..

Many women are now seeking alternatives to conventional period products and making the switch to menstrual cups or discs, such as FLEX.

Both menstrual discs and cups do not alter the natural environment of the vagina because they are made of medical grade materials that do not absorb menses leaving you feeling fresh and infection free.