Dr. Imber’s Controversial Take on Running: Could It Be Making You Age Faster?
In a viral TikTok video, renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Gerald Imber has revealed the one exercise that could be making you age faster – running.
The 82-year-old surgeon with a private practice in Manhattan said, “I have a pet peeve. Half my patients love me for it, and half my patients hate me for it.”
What is the pet peeve? Dr. Imber warned against marathon running, or running for long distances and times, as it causes stress on the body, including your knees, ankles, and back, and it could lead to “runner’s face” – the sagging skin or gaunt look runners have once they cross the finish line.
The video has been viewed 1.8 million times in just two days, sparking debate from runners and non-runners around the globe.
“Have you ever seen a long-distance, long-time runner that didn’t have a gaunt, old face?” he asked in the video. “That’s what happens.”
The doctor, despite his contentious opinion on running, affirmed that occasional running is perfectly acceptable. He explained that if you want to get your exercise, it is “perfectly fine to run a little bit every day or run a couple of miles a few times a week,” but no impact or low impact aerobics is really the best way to go.
“I’m 44 with two hip replacements – I used to run six miles a day,” one person commented in agreement, while another disagreed, writing that “running keeps me sane and sober.”
The debate is still going strong, with no sign of stopping anytime soon.
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