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Run . . . for Your Life!

Run . . . for Your Life!

Starting a regular running habit could mean a longer -- and more comfortable -- life.

After a 20-year study involving close to 1,000 middle-aged adults, researchers found that the fleet-footed participants were half as likely to have died during the study period, compared with the nonrunners. The runners experienced less disability, too.

Exercise-Induced Longevity
In fact, the difference in mortality rates was staggering! During the study, about 34 percent of the nonrunners had passed away by age 70 or so, compared with just 15 percent of the runners -- even though the groups were of similar age, weight, and health status.

Running Alternatives
Not keen on running? New to exercise? No problem. You can make yourself up to 10 years younger simply by walking. Or just pick any activity you enjoy, make a date with yourself -- or even better, with a buddy (you'll keep each other on track) -- to do it a few times a week. Then, go at it hard enough to get your heart rate up.

Medically reviewed in December 2019.

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