THIS WAS JUST A GREAT PROFILE OF A MAN WHO RUNS TO MAINTAIN MUSCLE-MASS AND LOWER HIS BLOOD PRESSURE AND HEART RATE…VERY INSPIRING…
(From ArgusLeader.com article) Exercise might come as close to the fountain of youth as is humanly possible, experts say. Regular exercise builds muscles and endurance and helps maintain a healthy weight. It also moderates mood swings and promotes self-esteem.
Klessen touts running as a way to meet like-minded people and provides a chance to be competitive in races. It’s his personal stress reliever.
“I’ve maintained good muscle tone, gained muscle mass, maintained balance, low blood pressure, a slower heart rate and I’m still a competitive runner,” he says. To commemorate his 70th birthday in 2003 he ran 1,368 miles that year and competed in his first triathlon.
Klessen’s commitment to fitness is unchanged. Six days a week, he’s pounding the pavement, making sure to take at least one day off to recuperate.
He defines a good workout as a 45-minute run using one of five different routes from his east Sioux Falls home.
Even though he’s in good shape, every run is a training run, and no matter how well the workout went, “it seems like there’s always a hill to get back home,” he jokes.