Marathon! Me? I don’t think so.

Q:I’ve been a couch potato, but this year I’m changing that. In January I started walking more, and I’ve been working out in a fitness center once a week since Valentine’s Day. I haven’t lost any weight, but my clothes fit a little better. Some high school friends are encouraging me to “move up” to running marathons with them to slim down and “really get in shape.” Do I have to run marathons to improve my health? I hope not!

A:The short answer to your question is no! While marathon running is at an all-time peak, neither you nor anyone else needs to run a marathon to get fit, to optimize …

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