Is Your Workout Actually Aging You? Here's How to Tell

We know that exercise is one of the best possible things you can do for your health, but it turns out it can also work wonders when it comes to aging. In fact, research shows that specific workout routines, such as HIIT can slow the physical aging process. The benefits extend beyond physical changes, too. Research suggests sweating it out has mental benefits and that skipping the gym altogether can actually be bad for your brain health.

But when it comes to slowing down the aging process, not all exercise is created equal. According to experts, even if you’re working out regularly, there are a few common habits that might wreak havoc on your joints, expose your skin to damage, or cause over-exertion that could lead to injury later in life. Take note: Here are the elements of your sweat sessions that doctors and fitness pros say are actually working against you—plus, how to fix them.

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