Most people assume that it is natural for physical activity to decrease with age. But, getting older doesn’t mean that you must give up some of your favorite activities, such as running. The truth is that these activities are great to support your health and prolong your life.
Running Can Prevent Fractures and Strengthen Your Health
A research study at Stanford University found that people over the age of 50 who participated in long-distance running had higher bone mineral density compared to those living a sedentary lifestyle.
As a person ages, it is natural for the bones to lose minerals, causing a decrease in bone density. As a result, older people have a higher risk of fractures. These fractures can limit mobility and lead to other health issues. But, it is possible that running can help to prevent these injuries and improve mobility later in life.
Start Running at Any Age
Regular exercise and healthy activities can help to improve your physical capacity, especially in the later years of life. Some people nearing retirement have even found that they can reach more physical achievements than they thought were possible. For example, it is becoming more common for people in their 50’s and 60’s to take up competitive sports, such as marathons or triathlons. As a result, doctors are seeing that age-related changes in athletic performance might not have as much bearing as previously thought.
The key is to maintain a regular exercise schedule, helping to support physical fitness that many people lose with age. Instead of assuming that lower physical fitness is associated with age, researchers are now starting to recognize that aging is connected with a sedentary lifestyle.
How much should you run? It is always best to talk to a healthcare expert for personalized recommendations. One suggestion is to work up to a schedule of moderate running, three times a week to improve the function of your joints. Start slowly and build up your endurance to avoid injury, and always wear supportive shoes.
Are you looking for a healthcare provider to help with your fitness goals? Talk to us at Windward Life Care to learn more. We can help you connect with medical professionals who match your requirements.