Benefits of running

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Running has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What’s more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life, and even helps you live longer.

  • Running makes you happier. If you are someone who exercises regularly, you’ve already discovered it: No matter how good or bad you feel at any given moment, exercise will make you feel better. And it goes beyond just the “runner’s high”—that rush of feel-good hormones. It could instantly lift your mood and researchers found that physical activity was an effective alternative to treating depression.
  • Running strengthens your knees and other joints and bones too.
  • Running keeps your mind sharper even as you age. There is insurmountable evidence that regular exercise helps defeat age-related mental decline, particularly functions like task switching, selective attention, and working memory.
  • Running reduces your risk of cancer. Maybe running doesn’t cure cancer, but there’s plenty of proof that it helps prevent it. A vast review of 170 epidemiological studies in the Journal of Nutrition showed that regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers.

Excerpt taken from http://www.runnersworldonline.com.au/6-ways-running-improves-your-health/

 

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