The best things in life are free, and running turns out to be one of those things. It is one of the most beneficial exercises you can do for you body and mind, not to mention it is probably the most efficient way to lose weight. Yes, it is difficult to get into a running routine. It can be really, really hard, especially when you are just getting started. There are those days when your legs feel like dead weight, but then there are the jogs when you just feel like you could go for miles and miles.
In order to keep you motivated, below are some of the amazing benefits that come along with becoming a runner. Hopefully these will keep you trucking along on those tougher running days.
It Keeps Your Knees Healthy
It is completely logical to think that running is hard on the knees. Putting all that weight on your joints seems like it could cause problems, but in reality, running is actually a way to make your knees stronger and healthier. Recently, a study found that running can prevent osteoarthritis of the knees, while another discovered that runners are 18 percent less likely to get knee problems than walkers are. This is thought to be because regular running causes the cartilage around the knee to thicken up over time.
It Clears Your Mind
We have all heard of a runners high, the euphoria that runners may experience when the exercise causes endorphins to flood the brain. Unfortunately that feeling is fleeting, however, The Journal of Neuroscience published a study that found running can have longer lasting effects that can reduce anxiety and stress. Running does this by triggering neurons that block the mind’s response to those stressful emotions.
It Reduces Breast Cancer Risk
A study done in 2013 found that women who were active for at least seven hours a week were 14 percent less likely to get breast cancer than women who were not active. The research tracked 70,000 women, who walked and ran. The women who ran were able to reduce their breast cancer risk by 25 percent by doing six hours a week of activity.
It Creates a Longer Life
A study that followed 55,000 people found that those who ran every day for as little as five minutes were estimated to live an average of three years longer than non-runners. The research also suggested that people who ran longer didn’t decrease their mortality rate any more than the people who just did the five minutes runs. Who knew five minutes could make such a difference?
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