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RUNNING CAN LEAD TO A LONGER AND DISABILITY-FREE LIFE

Vol. 7 Issue 133

According to a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, regular running may add a few years onto your life and delay the onset of disability.

Researchers studied 370 people who were members of a running club for people over 50, and compared them to 249 people who didn’t belong to a club. Both groups were followed for a 13-year period. Participants were between the ages of 50 and 72 at the onset of the study.

Results showed that running club members were three times less likely to have died than non-members, and they also delayed the onset of disability by an average of almost nine years.

Running club members died at an average age of 74.9 — none were women. Non-members died at an average of  72.6 years old — one-third were women.

Researchers noted that, “Not only are deaths prevented, disability levels are decreased, and the development of disability is postponed in association with running and other aerobic exercise.”

Based on the results of the study, researchers recommend participating in regular aerobic exercise of at least moderate intensity.

This effect is due to increased muscle mass and improved lung capacity, which can be attributed to regular activity.

SOURCE: The Archives of Internal Medicine, November 11, 2002; WebMD Health, www.my.webmd.com.