There's such a thing as too much of a good thing

There are plenty of other things to obsess about (money, the job, the squirrels infiltrating your bird feeder), so don't go overboard with your running. (British runner Ron Hill has run every day for more than 30 years, but there aren't many Ron Hills out there.) Days off are essential, particularly during super-busy periods, or when you're not getting enough sleep.

Women: Make running your oasis
Michelle Campbell of Waukesha, Wis., is the mother of three young children. "I'm constantly at their service," Campbell says, "changing diapers, fixing meals, getting them dressed." Running is her oasis, her time to be free. Knowing this makes every workout a joy because she knows it is "my time to do nothing but run. My mind is at ease."

Read for a longer life
A 10-year Swedish study of 12,675 adults showed that those who read books or magazines at least once a week were more likely to be alive at the end of the study than those who read less often.

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