I was 43 years old when I started running. One of my friends said, “Why only now? Aren’t you too old to run?” I answered him, “Actually, I’m too old NOT to run!”
A number of studies show that age is no obstacle to running, with some runners setting new PR’s with age. Here are three reasons why in running there is no age limit:
1. It improves your health. Everyone, whatever the age, can benefit from exercise. Studies prove that there is a marked aerobic improvement, lowered blood pressure, and cholesterol levels for those who trained for just two hours per week over a period of 16 weeks.
2. It sustains joint health. Are you worried that you’ll injure your knees? Running can actually protect them by strengthening the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that surround the knees. Running and resistance exercises can make you more stable therefore preventing joint-related injuries. It can also help you improve your balance and therefore avoid nasty falls and fractures.
3. It age-proofs your body. Running releases anti-oxidants that battle against free radicals which hasten the ageing process. It doesn’t only improve one’s quality of life but has been shown to improve life expectancy.