By: Krystle Crossman
“If you see me running, start running because there is something chasing me” is a joke that is shared all over social media by people who despise running. Many find it to be tedious and boring. What these people should know however is that running is pretty much the best exercise that you can do according to a review that was published in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. After some exhaustive research and case studies they found that running is not only great for weight loss and weight management, but it can add years to your life as well.
There were multiple studies that were conducted on a large scale to determine the effects of running as an exercise. They found that even when people had other contributing health factors such as smoking, drinking, or poor diets, running was still more effective than any other exercise available. On average just one hour of running can add as much as seven hours to your life. They found that those who ran as their primary exercise routine lived three years longer than those who were not runners. Those who chose to run along with the other exercises that they already do such as yoga, weight training, and other aerobics exercises were far better off than anyone.
There are some drawbacks to running constantly if you are not wearing the proper footwear so before you start a routine make sure that you are stretching and wearing the right shoes. You will want arch support and shoes that have padded soles. This absorbs the shock and will lessen the chance of injury or painful shin splints. The best thing about running is that it is free. You do not have to pay for a gym membership and you do not have to buy a treadmill if you do not want to. There are roads waiting outside for you to run on. This is one of the biggest draws for people when they are looking into starting a new routine. There are also many free apps for smartphones that will help you get into a running schedule that you like or will compile a workout that is made just for you if you are a beginner and are looking for help on how to get started.