How to include a RUNNING PRACTICE in your Pathology Prevention plans.
There is no question that if you are not exercising and if you make the decision to start — whether it’s walking, jogging, cycling, or an elliptical machine — you are going to be better off. Although running can trim away some of your existing risk of cardiovascular disease, it doesn’t entirely eliminate it. The combined effect of lifestyle, diet, and family history still contribute to your lifetime risk. However, many dedicated long-term runners do not run because they want to live longer. They run because it makes them feel better on a daily basis. There is a mood elevating, quality-of-life benefit that comes from being a regular runner.
Never mind fitting into skinny jeans: True health means feeling as good as you look. Ordinary guys often assume that less intense exercise is a waste of time. The benefits of physical activity depend on three elements: the intensity, duration, and frequency of exercise. Because walking is less intensive than running, you have to walk for longer periods, get out more often, or both to match the benefits of running. Mix and match to suit your health, abilities, personal preferences, and daily schedules. Walk, jog, bike, swim, garden, golf, dance, or whatever, as long as you keep moving. Remember that Einstein himself explained, "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." Walking about 150 minutes a week (in other words, just 20 minutes a day) can help you sidestep many common diseases. That’s because regular exercise helps you manage your weight, which reduces your risk of breast, bladder, esophageal, kidney, liver, pancreatic and uterine cancers.