Stanford University published a study that tracked people who ran regularlly from age 50. They were compared against a group that did not run.
In general the people in the study who ran appeared 16 years younger then those who did not. They were able to lead a more active lifestyle well into their senior years.
The mortality rates of the runners were also lower - 15% versus 30+% (after 21 years into the study). There were reduced rates of major deseases such as cancer and heart problems.
You do not need to hit the streets to get the benefit of running. A treadmill or elliptical trainer allows you to get the same benefits without leaving your house. For somebody starting to exercise in their 50s a piece of quality exercise equipment such as the
NordicTrack A2350 Treadmill
allows you to slowly build up your endurance in controled mannor.
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