Can Running Help Prevent Disease?

Lace up your sneakers and turn back the clock. Here's how.

By Amy Zerello

Back in 1984, experts feared running to be a potentially harmful activity for those over the age of 50. Now, a 20-year Stanford University study suggests the opposite, reporting that running may promote a longer lifespan by delaying the early onset of cancers, neurological diseases, and infections, among other leading causes of death.

Are you ready to pick up the pace and slow down the aging process?

Running and Disease PreventionComstockCompleteTake control of your health. Hit the ground running!
Here are the sites that can help you make the move from the sidewalk to the fast track:

Visit: Runner’s World For: Information that can take beginner’s to the next level.

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Visit: About.com For: A concise yet comprehensive collection of information on how to run, nutrition for running, and road racing for beginners.

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Visit: Cool Running For: A motivating introduction that addresses running’s physical and spiritual rewards.

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Visit: Nike.com/running For: Tech-savvy folks seeking challenges, running plans, plus tools to track goals, mileage and calories-burned.*

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* This site works with data obtained from your iPod. For more information on the Nike + iPod Sport Kit, check out nike.com.

Visit: Run the Planet For: A list of instructional, fictional, and documentary film reviews for your “off” days.

Titles you’ll find:

To read more about the Stanford study, visit the Stanford School of Medicine.

See more fitness advice for beginning an exercise program.

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