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Studies show that engaging in physical exercise for 30 minutes a day, five days a week will lead to serious health benefits. Running on a regular basis, and staying active can help prevent type II diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular problems, decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and can even prevent certain types of cancer. Running will also help prevent depression and can improve your mental and emotional health – as well as your life overall, vastly.
Even more, scientists have proven that regular running or exercising can also greatly improve the quality of emotional and mental health, plus help you live longer. Here is how running can seriously improve your life and well-being, check it out:
1. Makes You a Happier Person
If you exercise regularly or run regularly, you already know that no matter how you feel before that, a good workout will make you feel happier. The “runner’s high” from the endorphin hormone, which is released when a person is running long distances, can make marathon and other runners experience an almost euphoric state.
Studies show that only 30 minutes of walking will improve the mood of a person who suffers from depression. Moderate exercise and running can keep you safe from bouts of depression and anxiety. Plus it boosts the quality of your sleep, concentration, and mood during the rest of the day. You can even mix up exercise to keep your motivation. Add other activities you find interesting like basketball, Zumba, swimming or even dog-walking.(1)
2. Will Serve To Make You Fitter
Running, just like any other exercise, helps you burn calories fast – and what is even better, the calorie burning continues after your run. The excess post oxygen consumption (EPOC) causes the after-burn boost, so even if you spend the next hours sitting at a desk, your body will continue to efficiently burn those calories, instead of storing them up. This effect can be achieved by running slightly faster than your easy pace, at an intensity rate of 70% of VO2 max.
3. Strengthens Muscles, Bones & Joints In The Leg
Running helps increase the density of the bones and can help curb bone loss related to aging. It can also help prevent osteoporosis and arthritis as well. You will find that squatting, kneeling and other movements will become easier for you when you become a runner, so this is a great health benefit, especially for aging people. Just make sure you choose the correct shoes for running, as wearing the wrong type of shoes for your feet could cause injuries.(2)
4. Improves Brain Function, Concentration, and Memory
This is especially true for older people. With aging comes potential problems with memory, mental decline, and problems with switching in between tasks and selective attention. According to recent studies, people who run or are physically active got better scores in various mental tests as compared to those who lead a sedentary lifestyle. Exercising after a stroke can help the recovery of language skills, memory, judgment problems, and the overall thinking process. So, if you want to improve your concentration, attention, organizing and planning skills, you should start to exercise on a regular basis, or even better – become an avid runner.
5. Helps Reduce The Risk of Some Types of Cancer
True, running probably cannot cure cancer, but there is scientific proof that it can vastly reduce the risk of certain types of cancers. In fact, there are more than 200 epidemiological studies and other research done which shows that running and regular exercise has a direct correlation with a lower risk of certain types of cancer. If you are a cancer sufferer, running can help alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy and can make your quality of life better.
6. Running Will Add More Years To Your Lifespan
Studies show that even if you do the minimum recommended physical activity, which is 30 minutes per day for five times a week, you will live a longer life. Various studies show how different groups of people actually added years to their lives by beginning to exercise on a regular basis. Ex-smokers who started exercising added 4.1 years to their lives, nonsmokers gained three years. The results show that even those who continue to smoke but started exercising, get an added 2.6 years to their lifespan. People with heart disease added 4.3 years and cancer survivors a whole 5.3 years by starting to exercise regularly.
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