Gotta Run: Anti-aging to the max – Salisbury Post
Americans are obsessed with aging. Or, more accurately, avoiding it. Between all the skin creams, Botox, chin tucks, and rejuvenation supplements, the anti-aging business has grown into a $250 billion+ global industry. It is expected to reach $330 billion over the next three years.
Last week’s Pam Clark column made several comments about Pam looking good at 63, as she racks up the mileage and prepares to run her first marathon (26.2 miles).
While many people search for the magic anti-aging pill, those of us who run regularly think we already have it. Turns out, lacing up those endless pairs of running shoes is the best “pill” we can take.
Running, according to nearly a dozen of the nation’s top longevity researchers and decades of study, is and always has been one of the best ways to prevent aging. We all know on some level that running is good for us. It helps in weight control, strengthens the heart and lungs, and gives us the best kind of feel-good high. But look specifically at what it can do for us as we age – and how it can preventatively combat some of the most common age-related diseases and conditions – and it’s clear that running is also closer to a wonder drug than we did. obtained. And it’s not just that our favorite sport can add years to our lives. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases has published a landmark study which indicates that running can add three years to your life and also add more life to your years. Run, and your health, energy, and quality of life will be superior in both subtle and vital ways. Living to be 100 makes no sense without it.
For about 2 million years, running has been integral to our survival. “Our bodies adapted to running because we had to do it for food,” says David Raichlen, Ph.D., and anthropologist who studies runners and the evolutionary history of exercise at the University. from Arizona. “The need to be constantly on the move made our hearts grow, our capillaries grew,” says Raichlen. In his 2014 article in Trends in Neurosciences, he discusses how running helped Homo sapiens into old age. Thousands of years ago, humans began to live much longer than other mammals. Raichlen thinks it’s mainly because we were constantly running — for our food and from our food — which minimized the chances of developing chronic disease. He also doesn’t think it’s a coincidence that today, when people in general are spending less time running or doing any activity, our risk of chronic disease is skyrocketing. “I tend to think that exercise is a big part of why we are the way we are today,” he says. In other words, Raichlen thinks that not running goes against our own evolutionary history.
Although running itself can produce immediate and lasting changes that make the body “younger”, it is this training effect that researchers point to as the most important quality of sport. Having the strength, stamina and energy to do whatever you want is what makes running so valuable.
What can you do to get into running if you aren’t already? The Salisbury Rowan Runners have a great beginners running course which has been running since 2005. I was surprised to find the jersey for the year we started this great series of courses. Our spring class will begin March 22 at the Salisbury Police Department and will continue for eight weeks, meeting on consecutive Tuesdays. Last spring’s group class was fun filled, and we expect the same again. Every Tuesday we will meet at PD for 30 minutes of class at 6:00 p.m., then get out and run/walk distances ranging from a half mile the first week to 3.1 miles on May 10. Nothing better for me than snagging a class participant for the lifetime race.
Find more details about the Beginner Runner Class, how to register and information on other upcoming events at www.salisburyrowanrunners.org.