After seeing pictures of Joan Benoit Samuelson - I started wondering if running causes you to age prematurely.
However,this article -> “Staying a Step Ahead of Aging” says noway!
A study done my Dr. Wright (a runner herself) tested older athletic people to see what happened to them.
Some astounding highlights from this study::
But please read the full article in the NYT by Gina Kolata.
- Your body has the ability to train at any age.
- Interval training is absolutely crucial.
- Train hard is important.
- As you age - more rest days are needed.
As for Joan - I would contribute her older looks to the continual exposure to outside elements. You really must wear sunscreen. I lather a SPF of 45 on my face, neck and hands before every run!
Running stresses the bone which is great for maintaining bone density.
“Women in their 40s can expect a 10% loss of vertebral bone mass.” (Think hunched over old ladies.)
Have a great Monday and keep on running ~