Linus makes an observation
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Linus makes a good observation on his Dad’s attempt to start a running program.  It is not about how far you run or how long you run.  It is about getting out there and doing it!  This PEANUTS comic strip describes what many of us go through when it comes to running programs.  We often get them started, yet when it is raining or we have stayed up too late the night before we fail to get out the door for that 20-30 min run.

A recent heart health study showed that even 5-10 min of running a day or 30 min a week was more beneficial than those runners doing upwards of 3 hours a week.  The study involved more than 55,000 adults (average age: 44) who were enrolled in the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study.

The study was highlighted in a story by Amby Burfoot on Runners World’s site -  This study will grab more notice as it was a large study of non-runners (55,000) that covered a 15 year timeframe.  The study could lead to more physicians and medical professionals advising patients to take up running, even in small doses.  The study’s Director summed up the implications of the study results this way:

“Lead author Duck-chul Lee, Ph.D., of Iowa State University, says that runners who run less than an hour per week gain the same mortality benefits as those who run more than three hours a week.
“Since time is one of the strongest barriers to participate in physical activity, the study may motivate more people to start running,” Lee said in a press release accompanying the research. “Running may be a better exercise option than more moderate intensity exercise since it produces similar, if not greater, mortality benefits in 5 to 10 minutes compared to 15 to 20 minutes of moderate intensity activity.”

So Linus’ Dad had started a program that all of us can follow.  We just need to get out and run, walk-run or fast walk for 1 0 minutes each day.  Get the pulse rate going and you are on the path to a healthier heart. 

American Running and our sports medicine division, the American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA) are all about getting out there on a path of running.  The NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS  program is focused on boys and girls in elementary and middle schools.  We aim to get the next generation started.   Anyone in older age brackets can get started now.  Don’t worry about doing a bucket list event like a marathon.  Concentrate on 5 miles a week and see the benefits. 

Linus and Charlie Brown would join you too.

Special Thanks to Jean Schultz for permission to use this timeless Peanuts comic strip and to former ARA (NJA at the time) President Don Fraser who is a longtime friend and executive with the late Charles "Sparky" Schulz 

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