Sunday, January 15, 2006

Tarahumara Indians

The Tarahumara Indians live in the mountains of northern Mexico. These Indians have long been known by anthropologists for their remarkable physical accomplishments. They are, for instance, famous for their method of hunting deer by running after an animal until it drops from exhaustion, sometimes a day or two. Scientists studied a group of these Indians between the ages of 18 and 48 during a 45.7 km race. The winner ran this distance in four hours and 55 minutes. All the runners were checked at the three-quarter mark and at the end of the race. They showed declines in systolic and diastolic blood pressures. No abnormalities were found on electrocardiograms.
It appears that this type of balanced, sustained physical activity may enable physically fit adults to make best use of their physical abilities.
See also MASAI; NEW GUINEAN HIGHLANDERS; POLYNESIANS; SOLOMON ISLAND TRIBES; SOMALI CAMEL HERDSMEN; YANOMANO INDIANS.
Brocklehurst, J. C. Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1985.

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