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    Benefits of Running

benefits-of-running-by-david-thuo-of-fitness-by-david-thuo-kenyaRunning is not only great for the soul but good for your well-being -(Jennifer Van Allen)

1. Running makes you happier

Not only does running help in the release of the feel good hormones endocannabinoids, It also helps lift the mood when one is depressed. It helps people cope with anxiety and stress even after the exercise is. A 2007 study in Physiological & Behavior showed that running causes the same kind of neurochemical adaptations in brain reward pathways that also are shared by addictive drugs. hats the reason why you hear many people call running their drug.

2. Running helps you get fit

Running burns calories when you exercise and the burn continues after you are done. The effect called after burn. Research shows that regular exercise boosts “afterburn”—that is, the number of calories you burn after exercise. (Scientists call this EPOC, which stands for excess post oxygen consumption.) This is like getting a salary every month after you retire. This happens when you’re exercising at an intensity that’s about 70 percent of VO2 max. (That’s a little faster than your easy pace, and a little slower than marathon pace.)

3. Running strengthens your knees (and your other joints and bones, too)

Running increases bone mass, and helps stem age-related bone loss. Most people advice against running 4. Running will keep you sharper, even as you age.

A December 2012 study published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review concluded that there is evidence is insurmountable evidence that regular exercise helps defeat age-related mental decline, particularly functions like task switching, selective attention, and working memory.  Studies consistently found that fitter older adults scored better in mental tests than their unfit peers. In stroke patients, regular exercise improves memory, language, thinking, and judgment problems by almost 50 percent

5. Running can reduce your risk of cancer

Maybe running doesn’t cure cancer, but there’s plenty of proof that it helps prevent it. A vast review of 170 epidemiological studies in the Journal of Nutrition showed that regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers. What’s more, if you already have cancer, running can improve your quality of life while you’re undergoing chemotherapy.

6. Running adds years to your life.

Even if you meet just the minimum of amount of physical activity—(30 minutes, five times per week), you’ll live longer. A giant study in the journal PLOS Medicine shows that when different types of people started exercising, they lived longer. Smokers added 4.1 years to their lives; nonsmokers gained three years. Even if you’re still smoking, you’ll get 2.6 more years. Cancer survivors extended their lives by 5.3 years. Those with heart disease gained 4.3 years.

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