Following research by US scientists, it has been shown that running on a regular basis can slow the effects of ageing and even stave off premature death.
Runners aged 50-years-old and upwards were found to enjoy a healthier life and suffered fewer disabilities than those who did not exercise on a regular basis.
The research – which was conducted by the Stanford University Medical Centre – tracked 500 older runners for more than two decades in comparison to a similar group who did not exercise on a regular basis.
At the end of the study, 34% of the non-runners has died compared to 15% of the runners.
Life insurance comparison site QuoteBoffin.co.uk is now calling for more older people to get fit and active as a means to living a longer, healthier life.