I really appreciate the fact there are people on SP who really care about their health and the health of others. A great group of people. I'll add one more article to the discussion from a potentially biased source:
Good point Nancy. And there was Micah True who died from a heart irregularity he was born with and never knew about. However I think that he lived his life to the fullest and probably didn't regret his running history. I don't even know if he hadn't run that the defect wouldn't have caused him to die at a relatively young age anyway. I don't think I will ever be in danger of running more than 25 miles a week and I know I won't hit the 8 minute mile either! Even if I did, I would rather go out doing something I love than sitting around doing nothing. Same with my hiking, which is my biggest passion. I could take a fall that could kill me but I'm much more likely to get hit by a car or some other type of thing living a very "safe" life without any satisfaction or real joy.
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With all the reading I am doing regarding diet and exercise, the one component none of us can control and that is our genetics...Look at Jim Fixx--he ran like a mad man, but it wasn't the running that killed in but having genetics that lead to his passing.
Gary, all, I can keep up with and outperform others much younger than me, but that's not what it's about. I still get heart rate up to 190 running up hills and take a very intense boot camp type class. Total cholesterol is 142, have no health problems, feel great after intense workouts. I suggest that most can do the same if they work at it. I am certainly Blessed, but not Blessed with superior genetics or anything like that. Studies that give people excuses to watch TV and "take it easy" just have to be wrong. Hoping for someone to post study supporting my view. I plan to live a very long, very healthy, active life. I'm a 63 year old male.
I hope to see opposing studies - showing that more exercise, intense workouts, all out races, etc, are beneficial. I have no plans to slow down or take it easy in any way, but don't want this nagging at me.
THANKS for sharing Gary! My take--more people die from not exercising than those who do running...I think we need to be careful in interpreting the information...most runners I know that aren't training for an event don't run more than 25 miles a week nor do they run at an 8 mph pace.
Interesting article. I can understand the intensity of the runs when we are older. Seems like it would be gauged on heart rate, and not necessarily the 8-minute miler (or faster) - as someone slower could be putting their heart into overdrive too. Thanks for sharing the info!
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