Regular exercise is a key wellness component, most people agree it keeps you young. and a new study is here to prove it. Researchers from the Humboldt State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder did a study that looked at adults over 65 years old, some of whom walk and some ho run for exercise. Those who run at least 3 times per week for about 30 minutes were less likely to experience age-related physical decline than those who just walked. Running is an aerobic activity that burns calories, builds strength and helps the hearts of elderly people stay healthy.
Though long-term running can provide health benefits, elderly people often choose other less stressful forms of exercise, or choose not to exercise at all. Senior citizens often have serious underlying health issues that prevent them from running. These can include osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, which can especially stress the feet, knees, ankles and hips during running. If you experience sudden or severe pain while running, stop immediately and contact your health care provider before resuming.