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Running After 50

Blog Post created by go365admin on Sep 9, 2015

 

As we get older, beginning a running program can be daunting. For some it’s a fear of the unknown, while others may be weary due to past experiences. If you’re new to the sport or reluctant to try again, read on—it could add years to your life.

The aging process isn’t reversible (yet!), but we can help it move a little more slowly. Feeling older is just that—a feeling. Studies have shown that through slow and steady running, you can improve muscle strength, coordination and bone density, all of which help reduce the risk of falling and fracturing bones.

Apart from getting a check‑up from a doctor, your main priorities when beginning to run are: go slowly and set challenging, but reachable goals for yourself. Be sure to warm up before a run, and take the time to stretch and cool down afterward. Take rest days seriously, and pay close attention to what your body is telling you as you go. Adding weight training to your weekly workouts can also help you maintain your muscle mass while you’re building an aerobic base.

So, what are you waiting for? On your mark, get set, go!

Sources:
Running for Fitness
New York Times

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