Saturday, March 8, 2014

It's All Good - Running

Recently, I have noticed lot of interest in our community towards running. 8000 hits to “Fit Indian Run” blog - which is relatively unknown to our community is one proof. However, I must admit that progress is sluggish due to lack of awareness. There are people out there who in their mind have apprehensions and still averse to running. They often question about the risk and reward associated with running.


Last week, I met one elite runner from Kentucky who happened to be in Texas for some energy conference. He suggested me to collect more information on scientifically proven benefits of running from Internet and share with readers to alleviate some of the concerns and spur more interest. Result is here below with scientific proof that running keeps you healthy and rational. I hope you will find it useful and worthy reading.

SMART AT WORK
British workers were surveyed on a day they worked out and a day they didn't. People said they made fewer mistakes, concentrated better, and were more productive on the day they were active.

STAY SHARP
A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reported that humans who were physically active by running or swimming or biking were less likely to develop dementia later in life.

SLEEP TIGHT
Insomniacs fell asleep in 17 minutes on days they ran compared to 38 minutes on days they didn't. They also slept for an extra hour on days they exercised.

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
Scientists have discovered the fountain of youth—it's running. If you run for atleast 10 miles a week consistently – you will notice the increase in energy level enough to suggest you that you had that energy and self-confidence when you were 10 years younger. Studies continue to find that hitting the roads improves health and well-being. "The biggest benefits come from vigorous exercise like running," says JoAnn Manson, M.D., chief of preventive medicine at Brigham Hospital.

GREAT VISION
People who run more than 35 miles a week are 54 percent less likely to suffer age-related vision loss than those who cover 10 miles a week.

KEEP THE BEAT
Runners who log a weekly run of 10 miles (or more) are 39 percent less likely to use high-blood-pressure meds and 34 percent less likely to need cholesterol meds compared with those who don't go farther than three miles.

BONE BUILDING
Running strengthens bones better than other aerobic activities, say University of Missouri researchers who compared the bone density of runners and cyclists. Sixty-three percent of the cyclists had low density in their spine or hips; only 19 percent of runners did.

SNEEZE PROBLEM
People who exercise for an hour a day are 18 percent less likely to suffer upper-respiratory-tract infections than those who are inactive, according to a study from Sweden. Moderate activity boosts immunity.

FUNCTION WELL
Men who burn at least 3,000 calories per week (equal to about five hours of running) are 83 percent less likely to have severe erectile dysfunction.

BREATHE FRESH AND EASY
Researchers had asthmatics do two cardio workouts and one strength session a week. After three months, they reported less wheezing and shortness of breath.

WANT TO LIVE LONGER
A review of 22 studies found that people who work out 2.5 hours a week are 19 percent less likely to die prematurely than those who don't exercise. A separate study found that active people have a 50 percent lower risk of premature death.

YOUNGER ONES
A college students who exercise at least 20 minutes 7 days a week do fairly better in their overall performance and more poised than those who are sedentary.

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3 comments:

  1. I would suggest including references to the studied / research by including links.

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  2. Good suggestion- Sanjay. However, citing sources and links would have looked like Wikipedia,which I wanted to avoid. Not so interesting to read, in my opinion. I will post links in comment section though, for reference.

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  3. Can not agree more on the benifits you mentioned above Sanjeev...

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