I’m running (pun intended!) excerpts from this MedPage Today article in part to bug my best myeloma friend.  To help protect his identity, let’s call him  Bruce.

Readers, do you ever use the term “cancer friend” or “cancer buddy?” or in my case, “myeloma friend?”  I like it.  Instantly describes the bond I have with that person–and how and why I met them.

Anyway, Bruce hates to exercise.  I mean he hates it!  I try to be sensitive to Bruce and others who are either incapable of–or merely choose not to exercise.

But the thing is, exercising–and what you eat–are about all a cancer patient can control in their otherwise uncontrollable lives.

It’s good for you, and in most cases can help you feel better.

So here you go Bruce…  This article is for you!

Joggers Live Longer, Possibly Happier, Lives

By Peggy Peck, Executive Editor, MedPage Today

Published: May 04, 2012

DUBLIN — For those who diligently lace up their running shoes and brave the elements to jog at least an hour a week, there is a very real reward — an average of six more years of life, Danish researchers found.

Jogging was associated with a 44% reduction in the relative risk of death over 35 years compared with deaths among non-joggers, according to Peter Schnohr, MD, chief cardiologist from the Copenhagen City Heart study.

And the benefit was observed for both men and women.

That reduction translated into an “age-adjusted survival benefit of 6.2 years in men and 5.6 years in women,” Schnohr reported here at EuroPRevent 2012.

And that longer life is often a happier life, he said, since joggers reported an overall sense of well-being.

“This is definitely good news, especially for those who have questioned whether simply jogging could be beneficial,” said Ian Graham, MD, of Dublin’s Trinity College, who co-chaired the program committee for the meeting.

“The results of our research allow us to definitively answer the question of whether jogging is good for your health,” Schnohr said in a prepared statement. “We can say with certainty that regular jogging increases longevity. The good news is that you don’t actually need to do that much to reap the benefits.”

Moreover, even elderly people can add years to life by jogging. “A 70-year-old will benefit and I think the benefit may be even greater for older people,” Schnohr said in an interview.

In this analysis the optimum benefit was realized for those who jogged at a slow-to-average pace between an hour and two and half hours done in two to three sessions over the course of a week.

The key, Schnohr said, appears to be moderation, much like the benefit observed with alcohol…

Alcohol?  Careful.  I would hate to hear about readers who were drinking while they ran head-first into a light pole!  Come-on, everybody.  Let’s get moving!

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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