Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Study shows running slows aging

Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine just published an article in the Archives of Internal Medicine showing that running slows the aging process in those of middle to old age. The 21-year study followed 284 runners and 156 healthy control subjects who were all 50-years-old at the beginning of the study. At 19 years the mortality rate was a 15% among the runners and 34%, more than double, for the control group. The study concludes that "Vigorous exercise (running) at middle and older ages is associated with reduced disability in later life and a notable survival advantage."

Woohoo! I'm going to live forever! Oh wait, nevermind. Close enough though...

So lace up them shoes and let's all go enjoy our happy, healthy lives!

Related Links:

Abstract from the Archives of Internal Medicine

BBC News article summarizing the study

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