COMM 240 Blog Post #5

How about a lifetime with a slower aging clock? A recent study from the Stanford University School of Medicine tracked 500 runners who are older for 20 years and found these elderly runners to have fewer disabilities and are less likely to die early, according to the research.

James Fries, an emeritus professor of the school said the study’s message is very pro-exercise and the one thing that generally will help people to age healthier is to exercise aerobically, according to the Stanford Medicine News Center.

In 1984, Fries and his team began the research, many with ideas that the older runners would result in more harm than actual benefits, according to the Stanford Medicine News Center.

The runners began being tested at age 50 and they found that running seemed safer for individuals joints in comparison to high-impact sports, according to the study.

Fries said disability of the runners came 16 years later than those who were not runners and that many of the runners have stayed healthy as well as a gap between the abilities of the two groups as time went on.

According to the study, the effects of running which have correlated to death being delayed have been in much greater numbers than the researchers initially predicted.

The study was collaborated with Fries colleagues from Stanford Eliza Chakravarty, Helen Hubert, and Vijaya Lingala.

Fries himself is a runner and enjoys outdoor adventures, according to the Stanford Medicine News Center.

Fries doesn’t just talk the talk, he takes his own advice and runs the run.

 

 

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