The Health Benefits of Running

It has been well documented that running is good for your body, young or old. Here are some quick facts on the benefits of running: Strengthens bones, including the spine. Improves cholesterol levels by decreasing bad cholesterol and increasing the good. Prevents the mid-section from getting larger with age Keeps the body-mass index (BMI), in […]

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This article was published on March 26th, 2012

It has been well documented that running is good for your body, young or old. Here are some quick facts on the benefits of running:

  • Strengthens bones, including the spine.
  • Improves cholesterol levels by decreasing bad cholesterol and increasing the good.
  • Prevents the mid-section from getting larger with age
  • Keeps the body-mass index (BMI), in the healthy range, and average weight lower that non-runners of the same age.
  • Reduces weight-gaining effects from poor-diet

Running also decreases the risk of developing:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration
  • Gout

Generally, running slows the aging process, helps to maintain a healthy body, and contrary to popular belief, is not bad for your knees.

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