Wellness Pathway #304 Run For Your Life

It’s official — running is good for your health. A new study, published in the August 11, 2008 issue of theArchives of Internal Medicine, tracked 500 older runners for more than 20 years. The study reveals that regular running slows the effects of aging, including disabilities, activity limitations, and death.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, that running hurts your knees and contributes to other orthopedic injuries, the new study reveals no such association. In fact, runners’ initial disability occurred, on average, a whopping 16 years later than non-runners. And the gap between runners’ and non-runners’ abilities only got bigger with time. Runners also evidenced fewer deaths due to cardiovascular disease, cancer, neurological disease, infections, and other causes. You can read about the study at:

http://med.stanford.edu/news_releases/2008/august/running.html

So what’s the bottom line? Aerobic exercise promotes good health. I personally strive to run or cycle for at least 30 minutes, and usually 60 minutes or more, on a daily basis. But it wasn’t always that way. Until I was 43 years old, I did not maintain a daily exercise regimen. As a result, my weight ballooned and my health suffered. It took the better part of a year to get in shape, lose the weight, and become an avid exerciser. This and other studies, combined with my own personal experience, makes me glad I took the plunge.

Coaching Inquiries: What’s your pattern when it comes to aerobic exercise? On a scale of 0-10, how would you rate the importance of aerobic exercise in your life? What reasons do you give for not exercising? How could exercise become a more regular, health-promoting part of your life?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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