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Why running/jogging is more important than ever if you are over 40?

Updated on June 12, 2012

Don't Give Up!

Many people give up exercising as they enter their 40s. They are tired, overworked and just don't feel like it, but when you get into your 40s, this is the time that you really have to put the pedal to the medal when it comes to fitness and running/jogging is one of the very best things you can do for your body. Not only does it make you feel younger, physically it turns back the hand of time as well from a health perspective. You can stop the biological clock and delay aging by up to 12 years. The added bonus of running for women is that it helps ease menopausal symptoms for some women.

It's Never Too Late!

The beauty of running is that it's never to late to start. The guy in this picture is 90 and he's vibrant and healthy. You can't help but admire his discipline and strength at that age. The best part is in this economy, if you're short on cash, it requires very little in the way of equipment and it provides numerous benefits. You don't have to run like a speed demon and you don't have to run a million miles. You can reap a great deal of benefits from just a gentle 30 minute jog. There is no hard and fast rule that says you have to kill yourself on your first run or any run for that matter. Gentle and easy is the golden rule for making this a win/win endeavor.

Benefits The Elderly!

Many elderly people fear losing their independence. A gentle jog will add years to their life and reduce their risk for developing diseases. According to a study done by Stanford University, elderly runners are half as likely to die an early death as aging nonrunners. As we get older, our organs begin to deteriorate, but jogging can help delay the deterioration. It is important to check with your doctor though before you start any running/jogging program just to be on the safe side. A low to moderate jog of 30 minutes around two to three times a week is all an elderly person needs to stay fit for years to come.

Sedentary Lives and Rate of Infection.

Jogging is an excellent way to deal with stress and fight infection and can even help prevent all kinds of cancer. Our brain and muscles constantly require oxygen and blood and if any of our body cells lacks oxygen, it begins to mutate. Jogging is one of the best ways to prevent this mutation. A lack of motion also makes you less resistant to infections so you definitely want to keep moving as you get older. Jogging can stimulate the production of white blood cells and also cells that fight bacteria. Did you know that almost all of your muscles work while you jog and it strengthens your immune system? Just as long as you don't overdo it though. Running is good for you but too much of anything may not be so good for you. So remember the key to success with jogging later in life is moderation. Another benefit is that running can act as a great defense against diabetes. Two of the main risk factors for diabetes are a sedentary lifestyle and being overweight.

Gain Endorphins and Lose That Body Fat.

Last, but not least, don't forget the feel good endorphins that get released every time you run/jog and the fact that it blasts fat from your body. You can burn about 150 calories per mile running. Who wouldn't want that in the long run? As you can see, jogging has many benefits so get a pair of running sneakers, check with your doctor and start out slow. You win by doing a little every day and over time it will all add up. No more than a half hour of gentle jogging a few times a week is needed to reap all these amazing benefits so think about jogging. Before I close, I would like to point out that one major concern for many is the belief that it will ruin your knees, but this link below shows you how it may actually be beneficial for your knees.

So no more excuses, get off the couch and jog a little bit a few times a week, and before you know it, you'll reach 30 minutes and you'll be on your way to having a long and healthy future without excess weight and you'll receive boatloads of prevention and protection when it comes to infections and diseases. Who wouldn't want that?


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      MissMelissaK 2 years ago from Stuart, Florida

      So glad to hear that! Have a beautiful day! :)

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      Kassie 2 years ago

      Alrihgt alright alright that's exactly what I needed!

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      Marc Woodard 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Great write. I've written many articles on the benefits of walking. I'm now following you. Keep up the discipline. Good health to you and your family!

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      MissMelissaK 5 years ago from Stuart, Florida

      Thank you. From my personal experience, I used to run when I was younger but then I gave it up thinking all that jostling around wasn't good for you. I couldn't be more wrong. I started back up again a few weeks ago and now I jog three to four times a week for a half hour to 45 minutes and I do it at a very gentle pace. I love the feeling after and the best part is that the sore parts of my body feel so much better after a gentle jog. I feel like I'm getting stronger and younger to boot. I've tried the elliptical many times but I never felt a high and I never worked up a sweat like I get from running. A gentle jog feels more natural to me than the elliptical. Did you know they are even reccomending mini trampolines for seniors because a little jumping can release pockets of toxic buildup in the body? I'm not a senior yet but its good to know.

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      hubcloud 5 years ago from India

      Thanks for sharing. Very informative. I do jog three times a week, but looking to increase it.