Peter Ferraro, D.C. on Running Slowing the Aging Process

This is a story I completely concur with. In my practice I see a broad demographic of patients from the high school athlete to the active senior. And I can tell you over the past fourteen years of seeing these patients, those who have stayed active in their exercise habits have shown an ability to stay healthier longer and actually have less arthritic issues than those more sedentary patients. The old myth that you if you run you increase the chance of injury, especially in the knees, has been refuted by the follow-up studies. That's great news.

Where we continue to see injuries though are in those so-called weekend warriors. Who really haven’t prepared the bodies correctly, either through stretching techniques or proper conditioning. They will go from zero to one hundred and wonder how they hurt themselves. As in all factors in life, everything in moderation. Consistent exercise that includes running is not only good to keep the joints lubricated, but also keeps the heart pumping. So while this may not be the fountain of youth, if it is shown to increase people’s longevity and their ability to age gracefully without disability, then I say: shouldn’t we all be running?


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