Runners Live Longer: Study

Health benefits extend into runners' 90s
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2008 3:52 AM CDT
A jogger runs along the Stanley Park seawall in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday July 5, 2008.    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
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(Newser) – Runners live longer and age more slowly than non-runners, a new study has found. Researchers tracked hundreds of older people for decades and discovered those who ran regularly remained active later into old age and were less likely to develop disabilities. Twenty years into the study 34% of the non-runners had died, compared to just 16% of the runners. 

Runners continued to outpace non-runners in health benefits even into their 90s, the researchers found. The runners had much healthier hearts and were also less likely to die from cancer, infections or neurological disease. "If you had to pick one thing to make people healthier as they age, it would be aerobic exercise," said the author of the study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.