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Is Marathon Running Reducing Your Life Expectancy?

Posted Nov 16 2009 10:00pm

One of the primary reasons I started running (and joggling ) was because I want to live as long as possible. I’ve even set a goal for running heart health my death date (11/11/2076) which means I’ll live to 107 years.

Danger of marathon running

That’s why I found this article about marathon running and injuries a little disturbing. According to researchers running a marathon can cause a minor injury to your heart. Somehow the stress makes you more prone to having a heart attack.

Actually, the evidence and arguments presented seemed pretty weak. While I don’t disagree with the idea that the heart experiences a significant amount of stress, there isn’t evidence that running a marathon significantly decreases your life expectancy.

The author did mention that researchers found that if you train properly, they don’t see the same damage. Also, the heart damage doesn’t appear to be permanent.

The bottom line is that if you are going to run a marathon and want to minimize your chances of having a heart attack, make sure you train!

Are you afraid that running a marathon might be dangerous to your health?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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