"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Advice From Dr. Oz

I was traveling on business this week when I heard the following, “Coming up after the break, we’ve got the top 3 things you can do to live longer, according to Dr. Oz.” So, of course, I took the bait and waited out a few local Chicago radio ads to hear what the good doctor had to say.  (Qualifier: I don’t know that much about Oz, but it sounds like he is more medically credible than say, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oprah or any of the other daytime “professionals.”)

We return from commercial and the DJ begins to read an article.  It says that according to a recent study, conducted over the past 20 - 25 years, and shared by Dr. Oz, life expectancy was significantly increased when the following three characteristics were present:

#3) A diet high in vegetables.  If it comes from the ground it is rich in most everything that is good for us.

#2) At least 15 minutes of sunshine daily (or the equivalent consumption of vitamin D).

#1) Exercise of at least 30 minutes daily.  This was the most common link between an active, longer life for older individuals.  The interesting part was that not only did it provide cardiovascular and muscular / skeletal benefits, but the improvement in balance prevented these individuals from taking debilitating and sometimes fatal falls as they aged.

I found this news to be encouraging and motivating.  It’s never too soon to start incorporating these activities into a lifestyle, and for most, it’s never too late.  There is obviously more to life than simply living longer, as Lincoln reminded us with his famous quote concerning the “life in your years.” However, a higher quality of life as we age is something that can allow us to continue making a difference and serving others for just a bit longer.

Oh, and as for Dr. Dave’s take on this news, well, I’ve got to believe that a lifetime of running will definitely take care of the top two points, while all of those salads, sweet potatoes and carrots during training will take care of the third! I’m starting to see the creation of a deep thought bumper sticker .... Keep Running to Keep Running!  


  1. I can only pray that I continue running into my 70s and 80s. At 32, it's hard to be up in the morning and get ready for a run. Can't imagine what that's like later on in years. Still, I look forward to finally being a contender for an age place medal :)

  2. Christian, I hear you. Although, I can tell you that as I approach mid-40’s, I am in the best shape of my life and my running has never been better. I continue to see evidence of how good running is for us long term and I am a believer. Besides, I am seeing more and more 70 year olds crossing the line of every distance race with some pretty incredible times. May you have plenty of youth to keep running, but when the day comes, I also hope you are still at it.