I recently tweaked my back/hip and was convinced I had a permanent injury. Well, not so much convinced as worried. My back/hip hurt for a few days on and off, to the point I could hardly walk, and I was freaking out. All kinds of thoughts were going through my head…”What if this is permanent?”, “What if I can’t run anymore?”, “I can’t live like this, I have things to do!”, “I have a 10 miler and 2 halfs coming up, what if I can’t run them?”…and on and on…
Turns out, it wasn’t permanent. I’m better now and ran 4 miles this morning. Phew! Even though I am better, it made me realize that I am not as young as I used to be. WHAT?! And that I don’t recover as quickly as I used to. I also have noticed that sitting in front of this computer for long periods of time is worse than running 8 miles. Seriously. Since I started this blog I have spent more time sitting (rather than running) then I ever have. And my body has been stiff and my back is killing me. There definitely is something to the saying “A body in motion stays in motion”. But how much motion is too much motion?
I have done some research and found out just because we are getting older, doesn’t mean we have to sit back and take it! We all want to age gracefully, (some of us more than others). 🙂 We want to look young, but more importantly we want to feel young. Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies change, but we can make adjustments in our training and continue to enjoy our active lifestyles.
Much of these changes are related to inactivity rather than age! (Turn off Netflix and go outside!) 🙂
Physical activity… such as running…has been proven to counteract the decline in the affects of aging.
“Scientific studies have shown physical activity rivals any drug for improving cardiovascular health, bone strength, and mental health” says Dr. Jeffrey Zilberfarb, an orthopedic surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital. (as written by Elizabeth Cooney Globe Correspondent )
Running into your 40’s, 50’s and beyond is totally doable! Running, or any form of exercise, has been proven to slow the aging process. Yay! So get out there and move and enjoy life!
For more information about easing into running check out Jeff Galloway’s Blog.
Jeff is well known in the running community for his run, walk, run method. (click link below to purchase his book on Amazon)
Run, Walk, Run Method by Jeff Galloway
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