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Run for your (long) life

May 24, 2017

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Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributor

Dr. Monique Tello is a practicing physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, director of research and academic affairs for the MGH DGM Healthy Lifestyle Program, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, and author of the evidence-based lifestyle … See Full Bio
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Abhishek Agarwal
July 12, 2017

there are lots of weight loss programs and vids all over the Net but getting an expert advice is what everyone needs.
its now well known that Diet alone is not the solution for a Healthy life. So how one can be Fit and Healthy what should be the Right MIX of Diet, cardio exercises and Supplements if needed bcoz like me there are many who work 10-12 hrs a day and then hitting at the Gym is not possible. Also there are examples where unpredictable Weight loss without any extra efforts and medical help is going viral on Social medias and Blogs.Like the one as Dr. Atkins Theory, though its found to be very much effective and proven technique of weight loss but many Doctors and Dieticians and Nutritionists has criticised it on the basis of ketosis which occurs inside the body, responsible for quick fat burning. What is your idea and belief as far as Atkins Theory is concerned…?

Peter Bolle
June 4, 2017

Terry G, I was also concerned about injury risk with returning to running after a meniscus knee injury. After discussing with my physiotherapist, he suggested I begin a return to running program once i was tolerating 30 minutes of fast walking or more like the one on physioadvisor ( He also didn’t seem concerned about negative effects of joint wear down over time due to running.

USBFY Health
June 1, 2017

The Article is nice. I want you to elaborate the section about how Running everyday can enhance metabolism. I’ll be very grateful.

Monique Tello, MD, MPH
June 1, 2017

Sure- Regular exercise will burn calories at baseline, as well as promote muscle mass, and muscle burns more calories at rest than other tissues. The more muscle mass, the higher the resting metabolism.

Terry G
May 26, 2017

It’s interesting that the possible drawbacks or risks of running are not addressed though. What about joint injury over time, etc? Do runners end up with more joint replacements as they age? If one is injured, and can no longer exercise, is it really, in the long run, healthier? Could it be that walking is just as healthy, yet less likely to cause injury, and more likely to be sustainable than running?

Monique Tello, MD, MPH
June 1, 2017

Hi Terry, apologies for the delay in responding. I don’t get on here often. Yes, the issue of injuries was indeed commented upon, as prior studies have not shown any higher injury rate among regular runners. Interestingly, a sedentary lifestyle is associated with many injuries, especially low back pain and herniated discs. The thought is that weak core muscles cannot support our spine adequately, and make us unstable and more prone to injury. I see plenty of knee injuries among nonrunners as well; obesity is a known risk factor for knee injuries. Having said that, as a runner myself, I have been sidelined by knee pain. I found low-impact exercises to replace running for a time, including swimming and stationary bike. These activities are just as acceptable, in my mind.

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