"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it." -Plato
Recent studies show that runners are half as likely to die prematurely from conditions like cancer that those who do not run. A team from Stanford University found that runners generaly experience a healthy lifestye and suffer fewer disabilies.
The study followed a group of runners and non-runners for twenty years, both groups were in their 50's when the study started. Here is what the researchers discovered. The onset of disability started an average of 16 years later for runners. 34% of the non-runners had died, compared to just 15% of those running regularly. Running appeared to lower the rate of heart and artery related deaths. Running was also linked to fewer early deaths from cancer, neurological disease and infectionss.
Professor James Fries who led the study commented; "If you had to pick one thing to make people healthier as they age, it would be aerobic exercise."
I personally find this study very encouraging as several members of my mother's family died from Congestive Heart Failure. My father has battled cancer and two of his brother's passed at early ages from cancer.
What do you think about the benefits of running?