ARCATA - A new study says jogging may be the key to staying young as we age. Yes, that’s an obvious statement but researchers at HSU and the University of Colorado found some other stats interesting. They looked at adults over the age of 65 who either run or walk for exercise. They found those who ran at least 30 minutes three times a week were less likely to experience age-related physical decline in walking efficiency. Those who ran were 7-10% more efficient at walking than those who simply walked.
Researchers are not sure yet what makes joggers more efficient than walkers but they believe it might have something to do with mitochondria found in cells. Evidence suggests that people who exercise vigorously have healthier mitochondria in their muscles. The bottom line is that running keeps you younger, at least in terms of efficiency in movement.