10 surprising benefits of running
27 September 2022
27 September 2022
Did you know these 10 surprising benefits of running?
We're sure you already have first-hand experience of the benefits of running, but here's a reminder of the incredible things running can do for your mind and body 👇
1. Running can help you live longer. Let's start strong! This study found that, on average, runners live three years longer than non-runners.
2. It helps you sleep better. "We have solid evidence that exercise does, in fact, help you fall asleep more quickly and improves sleep quality," says Charlene Gamaldo, M.D., medical director of Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep.
3. Running boosts your immune system. This study found that exercise "improves defense activity and metabolic health" and reduces your risk of illness.
4. And can improve your mental health. An analysis of 23 studies concluded that exercise is an effective intervention for depression.
5. Running boosts self esteem. Researchers from the University of Florida were surprised to find that exercise makes people feel more confident - regardless of how physically fit you are.
6. It can also increase your energy. Feeling sleepy? Go for a jog! It may sound counterintuitive, but regular gentle exercise can actually decrease your fatigue by up to 65%, according to the University of Georgia.
7. Running strengthens your joints. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery have done their research, and the findings are clear - runners actually are less likely to have arthritis than the general population.
8. Exercising outside can help you get your vitamin D. Vitamin D is vital for keeping your bones, teeth and muscles healthy, but the National Diet and Nutrition Survey indicates around one in six UK adults are deficient in this crucial mineral. Getting some sunshine is a great way to boost your levels.
9. Running is good for your vision. You might be surprised to learn that one study has found a significant link between lowered risk of cataracts and habitual running.
10. And it lowers your risk of heart disease. By improving blood pressure and lowering blood sugar sensitivity, running can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease.
We know what you're thinking - "ok, ok, I should run more...but it's hard to find the time!"
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