At 75, Ashish Roy, a New Delhi-based retired air force officer, is the best role model for all those still undecided on the advantages of a regular running regimen. “When I started running at the age of 50, my friends told me that I would die soon if I continued," says Dr Roy. Undeterred, he has maintained a strict running schedule for the last 25 years since his retirement from the air force Medical Corp., and is now reaping its benefits. He says: “After two years of running, my weight became normal and now it is 66kg. My height is 5ft 8 inches. My blood sugar, cholesterol and all other tests are within normal limits. My resting heart rate is 44-48 per min and BP is 130/70. My ECG report at Apollo hospital in 2007 showed excellent heart chambers and good heart muscles. Running regularly has delayed my ageing: People say I don’t look a year older than 60. In 1991, I was advised by an eminent urologist to have a prostate operation. I have been able to avoid a surgery till date. I am sure running has improved the condition and even reduced the prostate size."
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