I’m a plastic surgeon and your favourite hobby could be ageing you faster – here’s what to do instead | The Sun

WE all have our favourite hobbies whether it's gardening, catching up on Netflix or hitting the gym.

But one expert has warned that your favourite pastime could be ageing you faster.

Taking to social media, plastic surgeon Dr Gerald Imber said there is one high impact exercise that could be negatively contributing to the condition of your skin.

The 82-year-old, who has a private practise in Manhattan, New York said his 'pet peeve' is people who take part in long distance running.

"Have you ever seen a long distance runner who didn't have a gaunt, old face?" he asked.

"That's what happens to people who run," the expert said.

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Dr Gerald explained that marathon running also causes stress on the body, saying: "Your knees go, your ankles go, [and] your back goes."

"It's kind of dumb," he added. 

However, there are several benefits to running, and he reiterated that there is nothing wrong with a run from time to time. 

"It's perfectly fine to run a little bit everyday or running a couple of miles a few times every week, that's terrific.

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"But low impact or no impact is the best way to get your exercise" he added.

The video has been viewed 1.8million times in just two days.

And TikTok users have flocked to the comment section to share their views on the expert's exercise tips.

"Personal trainer here and I completely agree with you," one said.

Another added: "I'm 44 with two hip replacements – I used to run six miles a day."

Others commenters made it clear they weren't going to give up their favourite pass time anytime soon.

"Running keeps me sane and sober," one persons said.

"I'm 46-years-old in my profile picture and people think I look 30, long distance running keeps me looking young," a user added.

Here’s some exercises you can do instead

Low-impact cardio is much more gentle on your joints than higher impact alternatives.

This is because they put less stress on your body.

A few examples of these are

  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Walking
  • Cycling

A previous study found running 40 or more miles per week could cause your testosterone levels to drop by as much as 17 per cent.

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The research from the University of British Columbia found too much running could disrupt the signals between your brain and your hormone producing glands, which may explain the drop in testosterone.

Low testosterone levels are one of the first physical things that cause erectile dysfunction.

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