Dr. James Fries, MD

Medical Consultant

Dr. Fries conducted a thirteen-year study seeking “to quantify the benefits of aerobic exercise” on people as they age and to examine whether exercise is beneficial in the later years of life. He tracked 528 runners and 423 non-runners and the results were amazing. His study showed that running actually delays age-related disabilities by almost two decades and that runners are seven times LESS likely to require knee replacement. Contrary to popular belief, running doesn’t lead to increased hip, back or knee problems and actually prevents fractures of the hips and spine.

But his biggest finding? Runners are half as likely as non-runners to die early. He will help drive home our film’s message: GET MOVING. And it doesn’t have to be running. It can be any exercise. As Dr. Fries says, “It’s the single best thing you can do for your health”.