Run For Your Life

Both feet leave the ground. Not the latest craze, but it sure has benefits.

Photo by Adam Ryan Morris.
Photo by Adam Ryan Morris.

In a world where Zumba, hot yoga and spinning are on the fitness menu, running can seem a bit of a ’70s relic. But the old put-one-foot-in-front-of-the-other routine has never gone out of style in Milwaukee, where nearly one in five self-report as runners.

And for good reason: Running burns more calories than other endurance exercises, according to a Medical College of Wisconsin study. Other studies have linked running to living longer, being less depressed and even enjoying a happier sex life. So perhaps it’s no surprise that so many people stay with the slow-and-steady cadence of running.

‘Run For Your Life’ appears in Milwaukee Health, a brand new addition to the Milwaukee Magazine family.

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Daniel Simmons grew up in St. Paul, Minn., the “good twin” city. He started his writing career covering the midsection for the Mayo Clinic. Since then he’s written about human smuggling by sea in San Diego, the coyote invasion of Chicago and the political circus in Madison. He also got to write about his childhood idol, Larry Bird, for Runners World. He’s the managing editor.