I just came across a column today about a study, which is published on
Monday shows middle-aged members of a runner's club were half as
likely to die over a 20-year period as people who did not run.
Running reduced the risk not only of heart disease, but of cancer and
neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's, researchers at Stanford
University in California found. "At 19 years, 15 percent of runners
had died compared with 34 percent of controls,"
The team surveyed 284 members of a nationwide running club and 156
similar, healthy people as controls. They all came from the
university's faculty and staff and had similar social and economic
backgrounds, and all were 50 or older.
At the beginning, the runners were leaner and less likely to smoke
compared with the controls. And they exercised more over the whole
study period in general. Most of the runners have stopped running as
they reached their 70s. But it was difficult to find people who totally
stopped exercising. "Almost all of them did something else.
They continued their vigorous exercise,"
The study also showed that people cannot use the risk of injury as an
excuse not to run — the runners had fewer injuries of all kinds,
including to their knees.
According to the survey by a Korea research center, the average
healthy age for Korean men is 67.4 years old while that of women 69.6
years old, that means Koreans spend the last 11 years of their life
under sickness or disease. I want to challenge you guys to run if you
can, and live long and healthily not only for you but for your family