Running can kill you part II

December 6, 2008

Here’s a good article on MSN regarding the subject of running marathons and dropping dead as a result thereof. Read the whole thing if you have an interest, and here are my thoughts on the subject.

  • In general, a lot of physical activity that is aerobically significant (did I just make up that phrase??) is better for increasing good cholestrol and strengthing your heart muscle so you better survive heart attacks, than not exercising. No surprise here.
  • People have studied this a lot. Exercise is not a miracle worker or anything.
  • You can still die while running, happens if not all time, but here and there. No surprise there. Even if you die running, it may be that you lived longer because you were running.
  • You do have to watch your diet. Article didn’t mention the role of reducing stress from other aspects of your life, spirituality or other factors that could extend your life. You could stress out over getting enough exercise.
  • Article doesn’t mention the inevitable injuries. There are at least, what,  1,001 ways to get injured if you run a lot. Any kind of physical activity runs the risk of injury, but doesn’t running carry the most risk (except skydiving?)   
  • Bottom line is, running can make your healthier but won’t prevent you from ultimately going belly up. You should do it because you love it. Unless you don’t love it and have injuries, then you’ll have to find something else to do.

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