James F. Fixx


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A US recreational runner whose conversion to running prompted him to write the best-selling book The Complete Book of Running (1977), which sold more than a million copies and was a major influence on the rise and increasing popularity of exercise and recreational running. A chronic overweight smoker, Fixx did not begin running until aged 35, and in the ten years from that point to the publication of his book he gave up smoking and shed 60 pounds of weight. Further publications associated running and jogging with tension relief and stress reduction, though Fixx himself died of a heart attack after his daily run, aged only 52. His family, though, had a history of weak hearts in its males, and many have argued that Fixx's running conversion actually elongated his life rather than foreshortening it. See also jogging.

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