CNN – A new study suggests running a marathon for the first time could help you live longer.
This is according to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Researchers tracked 138 healthy, first-time marathon runners who trained and completed the London Marathon.
Study authors found that those who trained and competed in the marathon had a four-year reduction in their vascular age.
Health officials said the marathon training reversed the age-related stiffening of the body’s main artery, the aorta, and helped reduce blood pressure.
The study’s senior author said she doesn’t think the health benefits are unique to running a marathon.
She said the key takeaway is to set a training goal and structure and stick to it.