It is no secret that running is a great way to work out. Not only this, anyone, almost anywhere in the world is able to give this form of exercise a go. Read on to find out everything you need to know about running and your health, including some of the things you should be cautious of.
Runners live longer
It’s no surprise that those of us that are part of the running community are generally much healthier than non-runners. Many studies have shown that runners actually live longer and have a 45% less chance of death from cardiovascular disease compared to non-runners. Additionally, they have a 30% lower chance of dying prematurely.
Runners tend to be happier
Not only does exercise promote the release of the “happy hormone”, otherwise known as serotonin, but a swedish study also found links between running and the chemical kynurenine. Kynurenine is found in the blood, and high levels of it have been linked to stress. In the study, running was found to decrease levels of kynurenine, therefore simultaneously decreasing stress levels.
Won’t I get injured running?
It’s true that running has a pretty bad reputation for injuries, but as long as you’re careful, listen to your body and don’t push yourself beyond your limit, then you should generally be fine. Obviously, if you already have issues with certain joints then running may exacerbate those existing conditions. Just be aware of this, as a form of exercise that is less intense and jarring on the joints, such as swimming, may be a better option.
One of the most common ailments runner’s experience is injuries to knees. However, studies have shown that long-term running can actually be protective for your knees. So, what’s the deal? Well, as mentioned above, as long as you’re careful with the amount you train and don’t overdo it you should be alright.
So there you have it! There really is no excuse not to give running a go. Wherever you live, whatever your age, all you need is a pair of trainers. So get on out there and give it a go! See how it can benefit you, just be careful not to overdo it!