Running has been proven to slow down the aging process for those people who are brave enough to take up the sport.
A study was performed by researchers from the US and finds that regular running can reduce the risk of death in the elderly from diseases including cancer, heart disease, strokes and other fatal occurances.
The study featured 500 runners in their 50’s when the study began. They were tracked for 20 years and compared with 500 nonrunners of a similar age group.
After 19 years of following the participants, 34% of the nonrunning group had died, compared to 15% of the active running group.
The study, which is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine concludes that doing aerobic exercise as you age is a great way to reduce your risk of early death.
“Exercise can help older people to stay mobile and independent, ensure a healthy heart, keep weight and stress levels under control, and promote better sleep,” said Gordon Lishman, director general.
“While younger people are barraged with encouragement to lead healthier lifestyles, the health needs of older people are often overlooked.”