Ageing Race-fully

From boosting your bones to sharpening your mind, here’s how running can hold back the years

Posted: 9 May 2011
by Jerrie Andrews

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The benefits of running are well documented, but it seems the advantages increase exponentially as you age. Regular running can help slow the effects of time, lead to a longer life and improve quality of life in ageing runners, according to a study by the Stanford University School of Medicine, US.

Senior author Professor Jim Fries says, "Running or any vigorous, sustained exercise helps every organ system, which means it's the single most important thing you can do for your health." Here are just a few areas where running can help protect you - so lace up those shoes.

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I can't run but I walk and I find that if I miss a single day (excluding scheduled rest days) my mood lowers and I begin to feel more lethargic.  Since Christmas of last year 2011 I have walked off five stone, I still plan to loes another three but that will be next year.  I walk on roads or paved paths but I find lots to see and interact with.  There are several others in my area who also walk rather than run.  

Here is wishing you all a very pleasant Holiday and a Healthier New Year.



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