Spring has sprung in Texas after a crazy wet and icy winter in the DFW area. Rain, sleet, snow and ice have kept many runners on the dreadmill. If you follow this blog, you realize that Art and I are on a quest to run 2015 miles in 2015! This has been quite a challenge with the insane weather patterns and record cold temperatures; but we are still on track to get it done!
The end of March brings not only warm spring weather, but also Art’s 50th birthday! Hard to believe! So today’s blog musings are dedicated to Art’s birthday and the aging runner.
A wealth of studies show that proves running well into your AARP card age bracket brings far more benefits to the body than risks, particularly since the reality of degeneration is inescapable. Running can delay and significantly reduce many of the impacts of aging. One study out of Stanford University supported the long accepted anecdotal conclusions that compared to non-runners, running seniors are 16 years later to experience heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers, and neurological ailments. As a group, they experience better mobility, coordination, weight control, bone density, muscle strength, and an overall sense of well-being.As a physician, I have long held these facts to be self-evident, but it’s nice to see our assumptions backed up by hard evidence.
Here are some tips for aging runners:
Despite a few opinions to the contrary, running as we age can be a literal life-saver and can slow down the aging process! The aging runner is making strides in achieving the greatest physical and mental well-being possible. For an overall excellent quality of life, hit the roads and trails. Just run happy!
More on master’s running to come…
Run Happy and follow us to 2015 miles in 2015! 500 miles down, 1515 to go…