If you have ever smoked or heavily drank in your life, running 100 marathons will not make up for those bad habits and you can still be at risk for serious heart problems, doctors warn.
A new study examined 50 men who have run 3,510 marathons combined to determine that years of endurance training did not harm the runners’ hearts, but also didn’t benefit them in ways that most people would expect.
There has been a debate between whether strenuous exercise on the heart would decrease the risk of disease or have adverse affects, especially after famous runners have died of heart attacks in the past.
But this study finds that extreme running hardly affects heart health compared to bad eating, drinking and smoking habits. And as one study doctor told the New York Times: ‘You just can’t outrun your past.’