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Want To Slow the Aging Process? Keep Running.

Running always seems front of mind this time of year, as we all sign up for Turkey Trots and Santa 5K races. And as one new study suggests, running now (and all year round) can help us slow the aging process, and move better as we age. The study, conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder and Humboldt State University and published in the journal PLoS One, followed 15 men and 15 women over the age of 69 who ran or walked regularly. In this case, "regularly" was defined as at least three times per week for at least 30 minutes per session. Participants were followed for six months. 

The study found that the older adults who participate in regular high intesntiy exercise (like running) experience a lower "metabolic cost" of walking. This means they spent less energy walking and had an easier time of it on average than their counterparts who do not participate in high intensity exercise on a regular basis. Lead researcher Duck-Chul Lee of Iowa State University added that while running can be good for health, "more may not be better. You don't have to think it's a big challenge. We found that even 10 minutes per day is good enough. You don't need to do a lot to get the benefits from running."

Read the full write up in Medical News Today

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