Apart from making you look and feel fantastic, running can massively improve your health. Studies have shown that 80% of adults in the UK don’t get enough exercise, and we’re suffering a host of health problems related to lack of physical activity. The good news is that running can help stop many of them in their tracks. Here’s some evidence to prove it:
216,000 deaths a year in the UK are caused by cardio vascular disease.
50% is how much you can reduce your risk of heart disease if you’re physically active.
63% is how much you can reduce your risk of stroke if you run regularly for 20-40 minutes, three to five times per week.
1.6 billion adults worldwide are overweight and at least 400 million are obese.
31% is how much higher your risk of developing breast cancer, if you are a woman who is post menopausal and obese.
30% is how much you (women) can reduce your risk of breast cancer if you exercise on a regular basis.
12,000 people a year in the UK might avoid getting cancer if they maintained a healthy body weight.
246 million people worldwide have diabetes, with up to 95% of them suffering from type 2 diabetes, which is often associated with being overweight.
Up to 80% of type 2 diabetes is preventable by adopting a healthy diet and increasing physical activity.
30-40 minutes of weight bearing exercise (such as running) three to four times a week can help prevent osteoporosis.
And if you aren’t worried about all of the above – just run.
Run for fun. Run with others or run on your own. Use running to de stress, using running to meet others and use running to get fit and feel great. 🙂