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A second wind: Long-term benefits of running


Getting older doesn’t mean reducing exercise to prevent injuries. In fact, staying active is better. It strengthens your muscles and bones, keeps your mind sharp, and contributes to a longer life.

If you’re 55+ and want to get fit and stay active, especially through running, here are the long-term benefits you’ll get from doing so.


Running elevates your heart rate and challenges your body. Cardiovascular exercise boosts blood flow, allowing more oxygen to reach the brain, muscles, and organs. You’ll feel less tired and out of breath, making your regular tasks easier to perform.


Being physically active can help you live a longer life, regardless of the exercise you choose. Running, in particular, promotes overall health while reducing specific health concerns. Slowing down and gaining weight are common as you get older, but running after 50 can help you manage your weight and boost up your metabolism.

Moreover, running at this age may lower the risk of certain cancers and diabetes. It may also enhance levels of “good” cholesterol and bone density and alleviate depression and anxiety.


A good night’s sleep is essential for recovery, training, and waking up ready to exercise.

Running releases serotonin, a hormone associated with the sleep-wake cycle. This, in turn, may enhance the brain’s ability to metabolize serotonin and, consequently, regulate sleep patterns.

Sleeping well has several benefits, including:

  • Enhanced ability to build muscle and repair tissue
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Balanced hormones
  • Efficient water reabsorption
  • Better concentration


Your sleep quality is not the only thing improved by serotonin– your mood benefits from it, too. Running, regardless of your speed and other factors, will help you release a steady flow of this hormone, along with endorphins, and keep you feeling happy and well.


People who don’t exercise often may lack vitality, but getting more active can increase your energy levels. Once you start running daily, you’ll notice a boost in your stamina and ability to get through the day. A short 10 to 15-minute run, regardless of fitness level, will enhance your physical and emotional well-being.


Before running, talk to your doctor about your current health situation. They will determine whether it’s safe to begin. If you get the go-ahead, remember these tips:

  • Know your limits. Be patient as you build endurance, and don’t push yourself too hard to avoid injuries. Pay attention to your body and keep track of your progress.
  • Know your stride. There’s no right or wrong way to land on your heels or toes; do whatever feels natural to you. Instead of forcing a specific stride, try finding your own.
  • Get the right shoes. Get several pairs of running shoes and try them out. Take your time, and pick the ones that feel comfortable to you.

Age is not a barrier to a healthy lifestyle. If you’re a 55-year-old man or woman, getting fit and staying active, especially through running, can benefit your body. So, lace up your shoes, embrace the rhythm, and enjoy the run. Make it a part of your healthy, happier life.

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