This is why you should start running regularly

Running is the simplest way you can get in good shape. Numerous studies have shown that it has many other health benefits.

This is why you should start running regularly

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Running for just five to 10 minutes a day is associated with a significantly reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Compared to those who never run, people who do it regularly are half as likely to die from heart disease.

One of the best benefits of running is that it lifts your spirits. When you run, your brain releases two types of chemicals that make you feel good: endorphins and endocannabinoids. The endocannabinoids that the body produces during running have a similar effect as THC, a chemical present in marijuana. It makes many people feel happy while consuming marijuana.

A study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise involving nearly 75,000 people found that running did not increase the risk of degenerative knee disease. Runners are actually half as likely to encounter knee pain.

In 2014, the University of British Columbia found that regular aerobic exercise, that is, one that speeds up your heart rate and makes you sweat, can increase the size of your hippocampus. The hippocampus is the area of ​​the brain responsible for the ability to remember and learn.

Runners have a 25 to 40 percent reduced risk of premature death and live about three years longer than people who are not physically active, according to a study published in 2017 in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases

By: Helen B.