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When asked that question, typical runners will often go with the usual replies: To keep me fit! Or To lose weight and keep that bulging stomach under control! But is that all there is to running?
You will be astonished to realise that running improves your body in ways you never imagined.
1. Running Reduces Risk of Cancer
Running may not cure cancer, but it does help to prevent it. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, physical activity is associated with a lower risk of several types of cancers, including breast cancer and colon cancer. Barring other factors, running lowers the risk of cancer as it prevents obesity, reduces inflammation and hormone levels, improves insulin resistance and enhances immune system function.
"Ever felt calmer over the week after a good workout?"
2. Running Boosts Brainpower
Many athletes believe that running is more mental than it is physical, so after all that mental turmoil of tanking the last stretch it must be surprising to hear that your brain actually benefitted from the running? Well, it is true. Studies have supported this fact that cardiovascular exercise helps to create new brain cells and improve the overall performance of the brain.
3. Running Alleviates Anxiety
Ever felt calmer over the week after a good workout? Anxiety is often linked to the fight or flight response in humans, which often manifests in symptoms such as sweating, dizziness and a racing heart.
According to an article from the American Psychological Association, researchers reasoned that regular workouts, which create the same symptoms above, could help people who are prone to anxiety to become less likely in panicking when they experience those fight or flight sensations.
The reason? If you are consistently exposed to the same sensations over and over again, you gain an extent of immunity, even when the situations that caused those sensations are vastly different.
4. Running Improves Hearing
Sharpen those ears with running! According to research conducted by Dr. Paul Loprinzi at Bellarmine University in Kentucky, running increases the flow of blood to your ears, leading to improved hearing at high and low frequencies.
5. Running Strengthens Your Bones
We know that running improves our cardiovascular health, but right down to the bones too? That's right! Running encourages the growth of your bones. As you run, the stress imposed on your bones from propelling you forward is higher than daily activities such as walking. Over time, your body adapts to the increased stress by strengthening your bones to prevent injuries.
But wait! What about the knees? Isn't running notorious for damaging our knee joints? Despite popular belief, an article that contains a few large studies has shown that this fact could very well be a myth. But of course, run in moderation: overdoing running isn't likely to benefit your bones or your knee joints.
6. Running Lets You Live Longer
Last but not least, running has also been proven to be the secret pill of immortality as well (Just kidding). While it does not grant you eternal life, running has been shown to extend our lifespan, and here's the catch: the effort it takes to achieve this benefit might be smaller than you think. Check out our article on the topic of running and longevity here!
We hope that this article has given you some unique insights into the incredible benefits of running, benefits that you were previously unaware of. So what are you waiting for? There are now 6 more reasons why you should put on those running shoes and start moving your legs. Equip yourself, get set, and start running today!
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