I am loving the energy and enthusiasm y’all are carrying into 2012! Making resolutions or forgoing them, stay positive and be open to whatever happens next.
Many of you don’t need another reason to run, but for those looking for a fun new hobby in 2012, look no further. A recent Runner’s World article, “It’s All Good: More scientific proof that running keeps you healthy,” is sure to get some people off the couch and on to the pavement:
Scientists have discovered the fountain of youth—it’s running. Studies continue to find that hitting the roads improves health and well-being. “The biggest benefits come from vigorous exercise like running,” says JoAnn Manson, M.D., chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
A few snippets from the study:
-THINK FAST: British workers were surveyed on a day they worked out and a day they didn’t. People said they made fewer mistakes, concentrated better, and were more productive on the day they were active.
-SLEEP TIGHT: Insomniacs fell asleep in 17 minutes on days they ran, compared to 38 minutes on days they didn’t. They also slept for an extra hour on days they exercised.
-LIVE LONGER: A review of 22 studies found that people who work out 2.5 hours a week are 19 percent less likely to die prematurely than those who don’t exercise. A separate study found that active people have a 50 percent lower risk of premature death.
-KEEP THE BEAT: Runners who log a weekly run of 10 miles (or more) are 39 percent less likely to use high-blood-pressure meds and 34 percent less likely to need cholesterol meds compared with those who don’t go farther than three miles.
All the more reason I’m proud to be an avid running enthusiast. Glad my obsession is healthy.
“You don’t stop running because you get old. You get old because you stop running.”
— Jack Kirk, aka the Dipsea Demon, 96-year-old ultra marathoner. Jack died on January 29, 2007 at age 100.
Besides running/walking, what keeps you youthful?