A common concern of most people is to find ways to hold off the harmful effects of the aging process. From heart disease, to cancer, to diabetes, the human body is subject to numerous risks as we get older.
The New York Times has an interesting article today on just how important exercise, such as running, is to reducing the negative effects of aging. The article highlighted a number of studies that have found exercise to be an important part of successful aging.
In one large-scale study published last fall that looked at more than 12,000 Australian men aged between 65 and 83, those who engaged in about 30 minutes of exercise five or so times per week were much healthier and less likely to be dead 11 years after the start of the study than those who were sedentary, even when the researchers adjusted for smoking habits, education, body mass index and other variables.
Although you may not have reached senior citizen status yet, get into the habit of prioritizing exercise now. Your efforts will provide you with the physical foundation needed to continue exercising far into the future.