Following Research That Shows Running Can Improve Longevity, Life Insurance Comparison Site Is Calling For A Greater Emphasis On The Health Benefits Of Jogging



Released on: July 15, 2010, 05:19 am
Author: QueryCLick LTD
Industry: Healthcare

Following research by US scientists, it has been shown that running on a regular basis can slow the effects of ageing and even stave off premature death.

Runners aged 50-years-old and upwards were found to enjoy a healthier life and suffered fewer disabilities than those who did not exercise on a regular basis.

The research – which was conducted by the Stanford University Medical Centre – tracked 500 older runners for more than two decades in comparison to a similar group who did not exercise on a regular basis.

At the end of the study, 34% of the non-runners has died compared to 15% of the runners.

Life insurance comparison site is now calling for more older people to get fit and active as a means to living a longer, healthier life.

A QuoteBoffin spokesperson said:

“For years now, we've appreciated the benefit that a balanced diet and exercise can have our health and well being.

“Sadly, Government campaigns seem to focus all too readily on teaching the younger generation which means older people can be left to one side; mainly because they are seen to be health-wise due to their age.

“This research proves that everyone – young or old – needs to be encouraged to lead an active lifestyle throughout life.”

As well as improving life expectancy, running was also shown to act as a deterrent to illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and infections which are common in older years.

Furthermore, there was no evidence to suggest that those who ran were more likely to suffer osteoarthritis or require knee surgery in comparison with their non-running counterparts.

With social ills such as loneliness and feelings of isolation more prevalent amongst older people, exercise boasts many more benefits on top of life expectancy, as health insurance comparison site explains:

“Getting out and about and socialising with people of similar interests is all part of staying active and mobile.

“If older people were to pick a handful of health boosting elements to incorporate into their day-to-day lives, exercise should be top of their agenda because it provides opportunities for mental stimulation as well physical activity.”

About QuoteBoffin is an online insurance comparison website offering life insurance comparison tools that allow users to search the market and procure the best life insurance policies and quotes. was launched in February 2010 and is a trading style of David and Co Consultants Limited.

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