Sun, 26 September 2010
The Stanford University study titled “Reduced Disability and Mortality among aging runners” was published in the August 11th, 2008 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. At the time that the study was conducted: the assumption was that vigorous exercise would cause older people more harm than good. The expectation was that running would lead to an excess in orthopedic injuries and lead to earlier disability with runners over 50.
But the researches found that regular exercise would extend high-quality, disability free life. Frequent running would compress the period at the end of life when people couldn’t do things on their own. This is an idea that has been given the name “compression of morbidity”.
In this episode of Phedippidations, I’ll talk about both the clinical details of this study AND the significance of it’s findings, leading to the obvious conclusion that Life is Short, but it Should be Long Enough!
The song “One Monkey Don’t Stop the Show” by Brick Daniels http://brickdaniels.com