And now for your weekly "Why running is good for you" argument I present the following kick ass article:
Running Slows the Aging Clock
Go ahead, read it… I can wait.
I’ll admit, Being the vain bitch that I am, I was immediately drawn to the article because of its title… I was thinking that it was going to talk about how if I continue to run, I’ll have less wrinkles and won’t have to worry about those pesky gray hairs that I’m starting to pluck on a regular basis….
But… it’s not. And that’s okay. Because it’s still very good news for us runners.
“But so far, the effect of running on delaying death has also been more dramatic than the scientists expected. Not surprisingly, running has slowed cardiovascular deaths. However, it has also been associated with fewer early deaths from cancer, neurological disease, infections and other causes.”
But one of the most exciting things that I got from this article is that I now have a response to all those people that say something to the effect of this:
“Ohhhh… I would love to run, but I’m afraid it will just tear my knees up.”
“Ohhhh… yeah, running is just too rough for my knees.”
Anything else about someone’s dainty-ass knees. (And please excuse me, if you really do have jacked up knees, because if you truly do, I completely understand. It’s just that a lot of people use this as an excuse not to run, even if they’re knees are generally fine).
Well, now, because of this article, I have a response for those people who don’t want to run because they’re afraid their knees will disintegrate or something…
According to a recent study of over 500 older people, comprised of both runners and non-runners for a period of more than 20 years… “… there was no evidence that runners were more likely to suffer osteoarthritis or need total knee replacements than non-runners - something scientists have feared.”
Anyway, this article is awesome and I suggest you read it (don’t worry, it’s short). So, I've got the cancer and cardiovascular disease properly taken care of...now if I just gotta figure out a way to keep those gray hairs from popping up.