Six More Benefits of Running

Last week I wrote about six benefits of running. That wasn’t nearly enough! Here are six more to consider.

Now get out there and run!

Running makes you happier

You’ve already found it, if you’ve been working out consistently: No matter how really great or bad you feel at just about any certain minute, exercise will cause you to feel a lot better. And it goes beyond merely the “runner’s high”–that rush of feel good hormones known as endocannabinoids. In a 2006 study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers found that just one bout of exercise– of walking on a treadmill, 30 minutes –could immediately lift the mood of someone suffering from a significant depressive order. In a May 2013 study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise by which rats and mice got antidepressant-like effects from running on a wheel, researchers reasoned that physical activity was an effective option to treating depression.

And on those days if you must push yourself out the door, exercise protects you against anxiety as well as depression, studies have shown. Average exercise may help individuals cope with tension and worry even after they are done working out, according to a 2012 study published in Medicine and Science in Exercise & Sports. A 2012 study in the Journal of Adolescent Health shown that merely 30 minutes of running throughout the week for three weeks boosted sleep quality, mood, and focus through the day.

Ever heard someone call running their “drug”? Well, apparently, it actually is pretty similar. A 2007 study in Physiological Behaviour revealed that jogging causes precisely the same kind of neurochemical adaptations in brain reward pathways that also are shared by addictive drugs.

Running helps you get more skinny.

You realize that exercises burns calories while you’re working out. The bonus is the fact that when you exercise, the burn continues after you quit. Studies have demonstrated that regular exercise boosts “afterburn”–that’s, how many calories you burn off after exercise. (Scientists call this EPOC, which stands for extra post oxygen consumption.) That’s kind of like obtaining a pay check even once you retire.

And you don’t have to be sprinting at the rate of sound to get this benefit. This happens when you’re working out at an intensity that’s about 70 percent of VO2 max. (That’s a little faster than your easy pace, and a little slower than marathon pace.)

Running strengthens your knees

It is long been known that running raises bone mass, and even helps come age-related bone loss. But chances are, you’ve had family, friends, and strangers warn you that “running is bad for your knees.” Well, science has shown that it’s not. In fact, studies show that knee well-being is improved by jogging. We know from many long term studies that running doesn’t seem to cause much damage to the knees. We don’t find much of a previous history of running when we look at people with knee arthritis, and when we look at runners and follow them over time, we don’t find that their risk of developing osteoarthritis is more than anticipated.

Running will keep you sharper as you get older.

Worried about “losing it” as you get old? Working out regularly will help you remain “with it.” Studies have concluded that the evidence is insurmountable that regular exercise helps defeat age-related mental decline, especially functions like task switching, selective focus, and working memory.

Studies found that elderly adults that were fitter scored better than their unfit peers in mental tests. What’s more, in stroke patients, routine exercise improves language, memory, thinking, and judgment problems by almost 50%. The research team found “significant progress” in overall brain function in the decision of this system, using the most development in focus, concentration, preparation, and organizing.

Running reduces your risk of cancer

There’s plenty of evidence that it helps prevent it, although maybe running doesn’t heal cancer. A vast review of 170 epidemiological studies in the Journal of Nutrition showed that regular exercise is related to a lesser risk of certain cancers. While you’re undergoing chemotherapy, in the event you currently have cancer what is more, running can improve your quality of life. (Want to learn more concerning this? Read firsthand accounts of this and see our full cancer problem here.)

Running adds years to your own life

Even in case you meet just the minimum of number of physical activity–(30 minutes, 5 times per week), you will live longer. Studies show that when different types of individuals started exercising, they lived longer. Smokers added 4.1 years to their lives; nonsmokers acquired 3 years. Even if you’re still smoking, you will get 2.6 more years. Cancer survivors extended their lives by 5.3 years. Those with heart disease acquired 4.3 years.

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