The time it takes to run a mile may help determine fitness level
Not all of us are marathoners, but a good number of people are comfortable running a mile. Particularly baby boomers who have been active all of their lives and are looking forward to continuing this trend for decades to come.
Researchers have recently proposed that a person's mile time can be an effective indicator of overall fitness level - a 10 minute mile for a man and 12 minute mile for a woman indicates good health. The findings were derived from two separate studies that analyzed more than 66,000 people. The conclusion is that if you're working out in your 40s and 50s, you'll keep the benefits will last far into your later years.
"When you try to boil down fitness, what does fitness mean?" Dr. Jarett D. Berry, a co-author of both papers, told The New York Times. "In both these studies, how fast you can run in midlife is very strongly associated with heart disease risk when you’re old. The exercise you do in your 40s is highly relevant to your heart disease risk in your 80s."
This may come as good news for homeowners in Del Webb retirement communities such as Sun City Hilton Head, where there are miles of beautiful trails to explore. The lush setting of these paths can make going for a walk or jog a memorable experience every time.
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