You’ve probably heard it said that exercise is medicine. Well, it’s not just a saying; it’s the truth. There’s a raft of scientific evidence that proves that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes five times per week)—and running in particular—has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe. 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, and even helps you live longer.
1. Running makes you happier.
2. Running helps you get fit.
3. Running strengthens your knees (and your other joints and bones, too).
4. Running will keep you sharper, even as you age.
5. Running can reduce your risk of cancer.
6. Running adds years to your life.