The Health Benefits Of Running and Jogging

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Our team is a proud sponsor of the Hendersonville Half Marathon! As you hit the pavement, we want you to know that you are partaking in an activity that has several health benefits.

Scientific research proves that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes, five times per week)—and running in particular—has health benefits.Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What’s more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life.

1: Running Makes You Happier

No matter how good or bad you feel at any given moment, exercise will make you feel better. And it goes beyond just the “runner’s high”—that rush of feel-good hormones known as endocannabinoids. In a 2006 study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers found that even a single bout of exercise—30 minutes of walking on a treadmill—could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive order.

Running is incredibly beneficial to the body, mind and spirit. You will find that even short runs can leave you feeling more energized, more focused and better able to enjoy all that life has to offer.

2: Running Minimizes Your Risk Of Cancer

A review of 170 epidemiological studies in the Journal of Nutrition showed that regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers. Even better, if you already have cancer, running (with your doctor’s approval) can improve your quality of life while you’re undergoing chemotherapy.
 

3: Running Increases Your Lifespan

Studies show that when different types of people started exercising, they lived longer. Smokers added 4.1 years to their lives; nonsmokers gained 3 years.
 

4: Running Relives Stress

Stress can actually cause a number of health and mood problems. It can also diminish appetite and sleep quality. When you run, you force your body to exert excess energy and hormones. Running also helps to reduce your chances of developing tension headaches.
 

5: Running Torches Serious Calories

Running requires a lot of fuel (aka calories). In fact, the average 150-pound person will burn about 12.2 calories per minute running a 10-minute mile! Hit the hills that we have here in Tennessee and you’ll burn even more!

At Crossroads, our time strives to life a healthy lifestyle while guiding our patients to do the same. If you have questions or want to speak to someone on our team about getting started, feel free to contact us today!

Happy Running!

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