There are many reasons for the Rubin Run. First, to run is to help sponsor activities for people with special needs. But there are interior reasons as well. Running is good for you.

“Running has beneficial effects on the heart,” said Dr. David Wild, a cardiologist who lives in Englewood and practices in Teaneck. “People who exercise frequently are less likely to suffer cardiac complications, including heart attacks and other issues, including high blood pressure.

“Typically, people who are more active live healthier, longer lives.

“Heart condition can improve with more exercise. Aerobic exercise, like running, swimming, biking ““ anything that gets you sweating and gets your heartbeat up ““ is good. You can monitor it clinically over time ““ you notice that patients’ heart rates improve when they exercise regularly.”

Don’t overdo it, though, he added. “People should exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. But you don’t want to suddenly rush into something, like a 5 or 10K run, without conditioning first.” That, he said, could give you a heart attack. Instead, “start slowly.

“If you haven’t been exercising at all, doing it five days a week is okay, but for five minutes at a time. And then add another five minutes to your routine every two weeks.

“It’s important to be in fairly decent shape before you start running.”