This was a nice headline to encounter when I got back from today’s too-short run: “Want to live a long life? Run.” That’s what some headline writer chose for an article in Reuters by Maggie Fox. Here’s the first few paragraphs of her story.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – People who want to live a long and healthy life might want to take up running. A study 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,” Dr. Eliza Chakravarty and colleagues wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Why was it too short? I had to hustle to the smallest room in the house. Still, it qualified as an official run.
Meanwhile, can someone explain to me why most people who talk about “the pounding” of running are people who do not run?