What’s Your CRF?
I gave up running because of my knees and focused my workouts to elliptical training. No wonder my back hurts.
Researchers evaluated 33,060 runners in the National Runners’ Health Study and 15,045 walkers in the National Walkers’ Health Study. Dr. Thompson said there will be more results coming from the data. The study found:
- Running reduced the risk for first-time hypertension 4.2%, and walking reduced it by 7.2%.
- Running cut the risk for first-time high cholesterol 4.3%, and walking reduced it by 7.0%.
- Running cut the risk for first-time diabetes 12.1%, and walking decreased it by 12.3%.
- Running reduced coronary heart disease 4.5% compared with 9.3% for walking.
GREAT NEWS for this aging tortoise who no longer runs 10-k’s due to bilateral knee osteoarthritis.
A study published in the December issue of the British medical journal Heart looked at 52,600 people over three decades, and it found that those who ran more than 20 to 25 miles per week lived no longer than those who didn’t exercise at all. Another recent study also found that people who ran faster than 7 minutes and 30 seconds per mile when they exercised enjoyed no mortality advantage over couch potatoes. But in both studies, people who ran regularly, but at shorter distances and slower paces, lived longest.
Yet another study that adds to the conflicting data we already have. For the record, I no longer run for exercise. But my excuse is OA.
Patients who took statins and were physically fit had as much as a 70% reduction in the risk of dying during the follow-up period as compared with the least physically fit patients who were taking statins, according to Peter Kokkinos, PhD, of George Washington University in Washington, and colleagues.
Physical fitness also had an independent effect on mortality risk among patients who were not taking statins, reducing the likelihood of death during follow-up by as much as 47%, they reported online in The Lancet.
I really need to get the gym more often.
HT Barry Ritholtz.
This video is almost 11 minutes long but is worth watching. What really motivates us.
Conclusion – Being physically fit, not smoking, and maintaining a normal waist girth is associated with lower risk of CHD events, and CVD and all-cause mortality in men.