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Forget About Botox, A Brisk Walk Makes You Look And Feel Younger, According To Experts

Scientists say that a lifetime of frequent, brisk walks can make you feel and look 16 years younger when you reach midlife.

Researchers at the University of Leicester, who studied the genes of 400,000 Britons, found a clear link between walking faster and a reduced biological age.

Participants were recorded walking quicker, defined as those who walked faster than 4mph - had longer telomeres, which are the 'caps' at the end of each chromosome.

Simplified: these telomeres hold repetitive sequences of DNA that protect the chromosome from damage, similar to the way the cap at the end of a shoelace stops it from unravelling.

Each time a cell divides, these telomeres become shorter - until a point where they become so short the cell can no longer divide.

Scientists see the length of the telomere as a marker of biological age, independent of when someone was born and linked to a range of symptoms we associate with ageing, such as frailty.

Based on the results, the researchers estimate that a lifetime of brisk walking could reduce an individual's biological age by as much as 16 years by midlife.

The new findings confirm that adopting a brisk walking pace 'actually causes better health' and is 'likely to lead to a younger biological age', he said.

Additionally, experts believe speedier walking is a marker of better musculoskeletal health, heart and lung fitness, activity levels, motivation and mental health.