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Top 5 benefits of running/racing

1. Running extends your life and adds years to your life:

Running has been proved in numerous studies to extend life. As a result, the adage “If exercise were a medication, it would be the most popular pill in the world” has become common. It's also worth noting that it'd be the cheapest, with little to no expense. After a year of follow-up, runners have a 25 to 30 percent lower rate of all-cause death than non-runners, according to a 2018 meta-analysis of research on running and lifespan. It concluded, “Any amount of exercise, even once a week, is better than no running.”

Another study of runners found that they get around three years of extra life. Why? Greater cardiovascular fitness, better body composition (less fat), lower cholesterol, improved glucose and insulin control, stronger bones, better hormone regulation, and favorable neurological functioning are only a few of the biochemical pathways. Few of us, on the other hand, just desire to live longer. Instead, we wish for a long, fruitful, healthy, and active life.

2. Running helps you sleep better:

You've been sleeping under a rock somewhere if you haven't seen countless articles on the significance of sleep-in recent years. Sleep is particularly crucial for sportsmen. After all, this is when the body does all of its repairs. In her book Good to Go, science journalist Christie Aschwanden lists sleep as one of the few rehabilitation "techniques" that has been scientifically validated. And, more running leads to better sleep.

3. Running is beneficial to your knees and back:

This is one long-term benefit that many people find hard to believe. They reason that because running is an impact activity, it must be detrimental to the joints. Furthermore, everyone knows a couple of runners who experienced knee problems and had to convert to bicycle. True, but it's also true that sedentary, out-of-shape adults, on average, have more knee and back problems.

4. Running aids with weight loss and maintenance:

Running burns more calories than most other hobbies since it requires you to continuously move your entire body weight. And you don't have to run quickly to get the most out of your workout. Running slowly provides almost as much benefit (but it takes twice as long). It's not tough to lose weight; it's keeping it off that's challenging. Individuals can lose large amounts of weight for around six months, according to study after study. Unfortunately, the weight returns after that. After another six to 18 months, it usually returns in full, and occasionally even more. Yo-yo dieting is something that everyone has heard of; here is it.

5. Running helps to strengthen your immune system:

David Nieman, a 58-time marathon runner and exercise scientist, has spent the last 40 years researching the link between exercise and immunity. He discovered largely highly excellent news and a few cautionary notes while researching the impact of nutrition on the immunological condition of runners. Moderate exercise promotes immunity, ultra-endurance exercises weaken immunity (at least briefly), and dark red/blue/black berries maintain your body strong and healthy.

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