First-Time Marathon Training Has Anti-Aging Effect

Marathon running can reduce arterial age.

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Sep 23, 2019

Here’s a good reason to encourage your midlife clients to try an inaugural running event. First-time marathon runners who trained for 6 months saw a 4-year reduction in arterial age, according to study findings presented at EuroCMR 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology.

“The benefits appeared greatest in those who were older and slower,” says study author Anish Bhuva, PhD, clinical research fellow at University College London. “By completing training and getting to the finish line, it is possible to rejuvenate the cardiovascular system of first-time marathon runners.”

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