Aging Backwards? Run For It!

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(MURFREESBORO) Who says that there's no such thing as aging backwards?

Ascension St. Thomas specialists report that a new UK-based study followed 138 men and women with minimal running experience as they completed 6 months of training for their first-ever marathon. Though these beginner runners ranged in age from 21 to 69, the average group member experienced improvements in aortic artery health that correlated to a 4-year reduction in vascular age.

In fact, older, slower participants tended to experience the most dramatic improvements in "aortic age."

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If your personal attitude towards endurance races is "I'm not running unless someone's chasing me," consider the good news that study participants ran, on average, between 6 and 13 miles per week. This indicates that substantial benefits can be experienced from running much shorter distances than a full marathon.

Ascension St. Thomas reminds you to consult your primary care physician before beginning any intensive new exercise regime.

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