If you remember anything about high school biology, you might remember your mitochondria as the parts of your cells that make energy. Well they transform our food into molecules of energy called ATP.
The tissues that need the most energy have the most mitochondria – muscle, heart, brain. And when we exercise we can increase these energy-producing “organelles” in our cells. That is one explanation of why exercise, be it strength training, aerobics,interval training, improve health and healthy aging.
But science is beginning to show us the many other functions of our mitochondria that may also contribute to healthy aging. The list of newly discovered functions is long and included here.
This may be more science than you care about yet consider that you can increase the functions of your mighty mitochondria by exercising regularly. They love oxygen so even deep breathing and meditation may help keep them healthy.
And to get deeper into your own mitochondria, listen to this guided meditation.