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A Beginner’s Guide to Running in Your 40s, 50s, and 60s

By Erica Patino
Reviewed by Daniel Lew, M.D.
March 10, 2022

Whether you used to run when you were younger or you’ve never laced up a pair of sneakers before, you can start running after 40 and enjoy the benefits for years to come. The secrets are to prepare properly, have realistic expectations, and have a strategy that sets you up for long-term success.

It’s no secret that running is great for your body. For people of all ages, running has cardiovascular benefits: A 2019 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that people who ran at least once a week had a significantly lower cause of death from heart disease and cancer than those who didn't run. But there are many other reasons to take up midlife running, too.

The Benefits of Midlife Running

Runners and running coaches agree that one of the best things about running is how it helps manage stress—which is particularly important for women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, who are often juggling the demands of work and family.