Running, or even fast walking, offers many health benefits, even after 50: weight maintenance; appetite control; builds lower body muscle mass; helps to relieve stress and anxiety; and strengthens your heart and lungs.
Bonus: it also happens to be the #1 exercise to keep brains sharp as we get older.
If done right, we can run for the rest of our lives without fear of injury. And now we can add one more reason to our growing list of why it’s so good for us: younger looking skin.
New research, as reported in the New York Times recently, states that moderate exercise, even just 2 to 3 times a week, can actually change the composition of our facial skin.
Volunteers who were over 50 and in the “exercise group” started by having skin that was normal for their age. However, after three months of moderate exercise (jogging was specifically mentioned), their facial skin looked like that of someone much younger. In fact, samples of their skin looked like it was from a 20 – 30 year old person. Amazing, right?
Of course, we want to always do the “other things” to keep our skin glowing after 50. For some of the best tips on how to do just that, check out this video: