Running has become a very popular form of exercise in recent years. There are many people who swear by the health benefits of running and speak extensively about the adrenaline rush that can be matched by no other form of everyday exercise. Running has many benefits, but it really is not for everyone. Below are a few myths, fun facts and benefits about the revered, sometimes dreaded activity.
Running is for everyone.
Running can take a toll on the body, especially the knees, joints and back. running can lead to chronic conditions, such as tennis knee and is considered one of the most brutal forms of exercise because of its strain on the body. It is important to consult your physician if you're thinking about taking up a running regiment.
There’s an age limit to running.
There are plenty of active runners in their 60s and 70s participating in marathons and continuing to push their body to its limits. Though, this is dependent upon the individual and their level of dedication to running over the years.
You have to maintain a fast-pace in order to benefit from running.
Running is a very personalized activity and does not require a certain amount of exertion to heed results. Running consistently, however, will have a greater affect on your fitness.
Running: Fun Facts
One of the first events of the first Olympics in Greece in 776 BC was running.
There is no definitive date as to when running formally started, but the estimated time is around four hundred million years ago.
There is only one Olympian that has won gold medals in the 1500 meters the 5000 meters, and the 10,000 meters, Paavo Nurmi of Finland in the 1920s.
He was nicknamed "Flying Finn," a nickname given to a generation of long-distance Finnish runners. He also set over 22 long-distance running records.
In a given year 1 billion running shoes will be sold.
That is a lot of shoes.
Benefits of Running
Running can relieve stress.
Many people experience a euphoric feeling while running. It’s a personal time to clear your mind and exert your body, creating that natural "runner's high" from an increase of endorphins.
Running improves health.
Running can actually decrease women's chances of getting breast cancer. Running also lowers your risk of having a heart attack and stroke.
Running increases bone density.
Because there is stress on your bones while your running, the body adds materials to the bones being stressed. Ultimately, this creates stronger bones.
Running will boost your confidence.
That feeling of accomplishing a run is like no other and you know who got you through the strenuous event? YOU! Endorphins increase that feel-good attitude, but there's also the personal feeling of accomplishment.
Running is something you can do at anytime any place. Your only necessity is to be focused and able. It can seem like a daunting undoable task, but you never know until you try! If you are unsure how to begin, consult your doctor and/or a fitness expert to get on track!