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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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.

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