Running for 1 Hour a Day Makes You Live Longer

· December 17, 2017
Besides being relaxing, running also improves the circulation of blood throughout your body, leading to whole-body benefits.

Exercising is so good for you. Nobody can deny it. And running is particularly wonderful cardio exercise.

Additionally, running an hour a day can actually improve and lengthen you life. What are you waiting for? Get out there and run!

The advantages of running

Running is in style. You probably see people running in the park, in the streets, and in marathons.

However, what you may not have known is that running can raise your life expectancy.

And, according to a study published in the US National Institutes of Health, runners have a 25 to 40% lower risk of premature death.

The study claims that running an hour a day can add 7 years onto your life.

If you do the math, a person who runs Monday through Saturday for a month adds 168 hours onto their life, or a week more of existence.

Ao, if you keep this habit up for a year, you’ll live 12 weeks longer. After all, it’s a simple calculation: 1 extra week of life for each month you run one hour daily from Monday to Saturday.

When you compare the life expectancy of a runner with a non-runner, the non-runners live up to 3 years less than runners. And the best thing is that it doesn’t matter how fast or how long you run in that hour.

Now it doesn’t mean that running is the fountain of youth, because we all get old eventually. But it is good to know that this habit can be good for you in the long-term.

Also, another interesting finding from the study is that the advantages of running aren’t the same as biking or walking.

While doing any of these is good for you, they won’t have the same positive impact on your longevity.

Of course if you want to reap the benefits of running, you’ll have to eat a healthy balanced diet and stay away from bad habits like smoking and drinking.

Exercise is good for you in so many ways, and we’re still discovering more of them, even if we don’t know for sure how much each type of exercise lengthens your life expectancy.

It’s clear that it all depends on things like, for example, if you exercise lightly, moderately, or intensely, how old you are, your condition, etc.

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What are the advantages of running?

In addition to extending your life expectancy (as if that weren’t enough), running has many other advantages.

From helping you lose weight to improving your endurance and making you more agile and flexible, here are the advantages of running:

1. It improves your cartilage

Some people think that running is bad for your knees and that the pounding wears down your cartilage, but the truth is that it has the complete opposite effect.

People who run regularly have a much lower risk of developing arthritis in their legs.

2. It improves your hearing

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It may sound a bit odd, but there’s a scientific basis for it.

When you run, you get blood flowing throughout your body, including your ears. If your ears get the nutrients they need, you’ll hear better.

3. It raises your pain threshold

People who run several times a week can handle pain better than people who don’t run.

Not just pain from injuries to the legs, but also in other parts of the body.

Headaches, dental procedures, and shots might not feel as bad to runners.

4. It improves your skin

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Running helps you release toxins through your sweat. It also forces you to hydrate more since you’re working hard.

It’s ideal for healthier, youthful skin.

5. It regenerates your muscles

Running isn’t just good for your cartilage, but also for your muscles. Even now people think that muscle mass is lost after a certain age.

However, people who run can create new muscle mass because the exercise speeds up the production of cells that do this creation.

Therefore running could be linked to a postponement of muscle degeneration due to age.

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6. It’s relaxing

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When you finish a run, you’re tired but also happy and relaxed.

You get home and lounge on the couch to read or watch some television, putting your problems and work and stress aside.

But if you’ve had a hard day at work or you’re anxious about something, the best thing you could do is moderate or intense exercise.

7. It strengthens your bones

If you add medium or high level intensity exercise to your routine, you’ll be increasing your bone density.

Thus you will lower your risk of fractures and the much-feared osteoporosis in later years.

Your bones will be stronger and more solid if you run an hour a day.