A recent issue of Runners World talked about how in the long term running actually improves joint health. Other studies have shown that exercise helps you focus. But just yesterday I was reading through the current RW and found this:
"Following 1,000 adults (all older than 50, some of whom ran) over the course of 21 years, researchers found that runners had a 56 percent lower mortality rate. The same study found that running delayed so-called disability--the inability to perform basic tasks--by 16 years.
How awesome is it that something I love so much loves me right back?
The Newbie Chronicles column in the current RW also talks about how frequently people say they're just not built for running. I have to tell you, I laughed out loud when I read that. Do I look like I'm built for running right now??!! If I can do this, the vast majority of people can. Ain't no reason not to do something good for yourself!*
unless you're seriously injured. Then don't run. That's just stupid.