LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE by Alan Rudlin
OUR EXCUSES FOR NOT JOGGING have now been elimi-
nated. No longer valid are your notions of not having time, or the complete lack of similarity between you and the buff bodies on the cover of Runner’s World or Health, or that you can’t do the 30 to 45 minutes that was supposedly the minimum required to get anything out of it. Why? Because a recent medical report provides great news on how your life can easily get better and fixes the problematic health impact of being sedentary.
This landmark study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, shows that running, no matter how slowly, for as little as five minutes, will significantly cut your risk of dying. The study compiled data collected by the well-regarded Cooper Clinic in Dallas for 15 years from over 55,000 men and women, runners and non-runners, on people of varying body types and ages. The results conclude that even if you slog along at a snail’s pace, or jog for as little as five to 10 minutes a day, you’ll get a major benefit: the risk of dying from all causes goes down by 30 percent, and of dying from heart disease by 45 percent. In the world of exercise cost benefit, that ain’t small beer. This is a quality study, not likely to be one of those medical news items du jour that will be contradicted in another month. The study’s striking news about the reduction 5 0 We s t E n d ’s B e s t
in heart disease risk is especially valuable. Cardiovascular disease remains this country’s number one cause of death, and despite all the medical advances in the field, the science of what causes it remains unclear. More importantly, there is no “cure.” Once you have it, the treatment is largely the same medical prescription you get for prevention: exercise and be mindful of diet and weight. Doctors continue to weigh the value of stents versus medication and lifestyle change. Statins and other pills may help, but have limited benefits. By contrast, this new study shows that a remarkable health benefit can be obtained for a modest investment of time and effort. So, even if your body type is not like the human greyhounds observed winning marathons, or you’re disinterested in competing, this study should get you on your feet and out the door. Jogging at
a slow speed and for short to medium distances can cut your cardiovascular risk almost in half, if you’ll just make the small effort. And medical
BY CONTRAST, THIS NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT A REMARKABLE HEALTH BENEFIT CAN BE OBTAINED FOR A MODEST INVESTMENT OF TIME AND EFFORT. studies show that running is not orthopedically bad for your knees. In short, getting into jogging (or walking) is the easiest kind of exercise, and here are four simple steps for an optimal outcome: