The latest research shows that long-distance running can reverse some signs of ageing. Here’s a guide to training for your first big run Running has long been linked with health benefits, from strengthening your bones (yes, even the knees) to improving mental health. Now, in another boon for us smug pavement-pounders, scientists have found it can turn back time. Researchers at University College London tracked a group of 138 marathoners and, using MRI and ultrasound, calculated the “biological age” of their aortas (the largest artery in the body) before and after their training. As we age, the aorta can stiffen, leading to an increased risk of heart disease, failure or stroke.
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