Thursday, August 14, 2008

Runners Age More Slowly, According To Study

RunnerAccording to this article, runners have a 'leg up' on nonrunners.

Researchers studied 500 older runners for more than 20 years and found they had fewer disabilities, were active later in life, and were half as likely to die early than other people.

Dr. James Fries started his research to disprove theories that older runners would suffer more injuries that would limit the benefits of exercise.

His team started annual tracking of 538 runners older than 50 and a similar group of nonrunners in 1984.

After 19 years, 34 percent of the nonrunners had died, compared to only 15 percent of the runners, even though the time spent running each week has declined as people reached their 70s and 80s.

The new findings were published in the Aug. 11 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

Source: here

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Anonymous said...

Keeping active certainly does help keep you active and mobile in later life. As a senior - I'm so glad that I've frequently exercised and eaten a healthy diet for as long as I can remember.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I can't see my knees agreeing with this. Not at all!

Anonymous said...

is it too late for me to start?
methinks Ive already aged :)


I wonder if this could be for people who exercise regularly but don't run. I am a pathetic runner!

Laura said...

Lucy - I'm certainly impressed! :)

Susan & Mizit - Funny girls! :)

Heidi - I think it applies to everyone who exercises regularly. I think you look great! :)

Anonymous said...

On one hand, runners live longer.

On the other hand, they spend their time running...

I don't know which one is better... :-)

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