Three reasons to lace up
Forward thinking; Run today for a rosier future.
1. You’ll avoid injury
Aerobic exercise bolsters bone mineral density in later life, say US researchers.
Knock-on effect: a reduced risk of fractures and medial tibial stress syndrome (aka shin splints).
Older runners: watch out for soft tissue injuries. Masters runners are more likely to suffer calf, achilles and hamstring trouble; interestingly, injuries to the knee joint are more common in younger athletes.
2. You’ll be stronger
We all lose a bit of muscle mass as we age, but aerobic exercise – such as running – can help limit the loss. So say Mayo Clinic researchers, who found that working out boosted study participants’ rates of mixed-muscle protein synthesis (the making of new muscle tissue) by 22 per cent. The subjects ranged from 18 to 87 years old – and there were similar benefits across the board.
3. You’ll live longer
Running lengthens your lifespan – by about six years, according to one Danish study– but it may also net you a healthier, happier old age.
US scientists say upping your fitness cuts your later risk of chronic disease by up to 20 per cent. Congestive heart failure, Alzheimer’s disease and colon cancer are just a few of the illnesses the study subjects outran.
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