Can you really run away from old age?

picture-3Look, I’m really not one of those dreadful people who likes to say “I told you so.”

But… hey, there’s a first time for everything, and just for once, I think I’m entirely justified in saying nar-nar-nee-nar-nar to my non-running couch potato mates who have made countless jibes about knee replacement surgery and heart attacks.

A newly-published US study, reported by no less a body than the BBC, on an article you can see here has made several quite astonishing claims for all of us slightly greying runners to enjoy.

Following a group of 500 runners and non-runners from the age of 50, for a period of no less than 20 years, researchers found that after 19 years, 34% of the non-runners had shuffled off this mortal coil, while only 15% of the runners were no longer alive.

And why? Well, because the runners were far less prone to things like cancer and heart disease.

They also established that while some form of disability would eventually affect both groups, the onset of disability was, on average, a staggering 16 years later in the sample of runners.

Not content with that, they made fun of suggestions that all runners were headed for an early appointment with the knee-replacement surgeon.

Frankly, I haven’t enjoyed a news report this much since I read on CNN that Sarah Palin’s nickname was ‘Caribou Barbie.’

In fact, I’ve got a good mind to write to the NHS and demand free running shoes on prescription. Or, at the very least, I’m going to cop some serious attitude the next time I step in a rabbit hole, wind up in casualty with a sprained ankle, and the doctor on duty has the temerity to suggest that runners like me are the ones putting a strain on the system.

Au contraire Doc, au contraire…


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