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Running not safe for everyone [news]

Running is often touted as the ideal form of exercise - you don't need any special equipment or have to pay gym fees. But is running long distances really safe for everyone? Some health experts are now calling for caution, especially for those discovering the joys of running in their later years. The unanimous advice is that runners see their doctors before undertaking strenuous workouts. "When you are older you need to be careful. The risk factors for heart disease are genetics, age and sex."