It's not like we need extra motivation to run … Okay. Alright. Do we need it? So, let's start:
- The heart becomes more powerful. It pumps more blood through the body.
- It strengthens the bones and prevents osteoporosis.
- It improves the metabolism.
- Running reduces stress hormones like adrenaline. And they attack blood vessels in the long term.
- Serotonin and endorphins bring a happy kick to the body.
- The lung volume increases. We breathe better.
- And they rarely have a headache or migraine because pain relieving substances are released during exercise.
- Plus: Endurance sports burn fat, prevent diabetes and other diseases caused by obesity.
We could go on for a while, but in the end, it will all lead to an amazing result: running will extend your lifetime.
Running for an hour extends your life by 7 hours
Scientists at Iowa State University have even scheduled this. With every hour you walk, life expectancy increases by up to seven hours. Researchers at the Cooper Institute in Dallas (USA) have found this out. It does not matter how many kilometers you wind in the hour or which pace you run. As the scientists report in the journal "Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases", runners live on average about three years longer than non-runners. According to the experts, this is true not only for fit athletes, but also for people who are only sporadically jogging, smoking, drinking or overweight. No other form of exercise has such an immense impact on life. As early as three years ago, Cooper Institute researchers published a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that found that running less than five minutes daily could extend life. The current findings are based partly on those of the older investigation. The new data shows that running, regardless of speed and distance, reduces the risk of premature death by up to 40 percent. According to the researchers' calculations, one hour of running life – statistically – increases by about seven hours. Only immortal, that can not do it either.