January 2008 Archives

The pursuit of youth and happiness

So you think getting off the couch and incorporating a little activity into your life will extend your youth and keep your inner geezer at bay?

Seems it might, according to a study published in the latest issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The study — out of King's College London — found some of what you would expect: that exercisers have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity and osteoporosis. But it also suggests that being sedentary not only increases the risks of developing aging-related diseases and premature death, it may also hasten the aging process.

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Is exercise worth it?

A thought rattled around my empty brain as I battled a 50-kilometre per hour headwind on an 11-kilometre run into work this morning.

What the hell am I doing? Even the sun appeared to have second thoughts about rising.

Yeah, conditions were far from ideal. I could just as easily have headed into the basement and run on the treadmill — wearing shorts. Or I could've hit the snooze button and let the sound of the howling wind lull me into a few more precious winks.

Thing is, if I wanted to get my exercise in today it had to be in the morning. Thank you schedule.

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