I really have to hand it to long distance marathon runners. You have to be well trained and in tip top shape to do what marathon runners do.

Based on a new study, running a marathon may help you live longer.

According to wsfa.com, new research indicates training and running a marathon for the first time could reverse some of the effects of aging in our bodies.

The study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology examined more than 130 people who had just completed their first marathon.

The untrained, but healthy competitors underwent six months of training for the London Marathon.

researchers say their findings show the training and marathon completion, even at a relatively low exercise intensity, reduced age related stiffening of the body's main artery and helped lower blood pressure.

Researchers say those studied had a four year reduction in their vascular age. The greatest benefit was found to be in older, male participants with slower running times.

After reading this very informative article, it might be time for some to lace up their best running shoes and start hitting the pavement. You might want to wait until spring or summer. Run Forest Run!

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