Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you. Run a lap around your block, take your dog for a long walk, or call your friends for a pick-up game in the park. The important thing is that you have fun being active—and you inspire others to join you. With over 169 countries participating there is something for everyone, no matter where you live!
1. Running makes you happier –No matter how good or bad you feel at any given moment, exercise will make you feel better. And it goes beyond just the “runner’s high”—that rush of feel-good hormones known as endocannabinoids.
2. Running helps with your Mental Health –On those days when you have to force yourself out the door, exercise still protects you against anxiety and depression, studies have shown. Moderate exercise may help people cope with anxiety and stress even after they’re done working out.
3. Live Longer and Better –Beyond helping you manage your weight, running has been shown to reduce blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health – all of which helps you live longer and better. Running is also a weight-bearing exercise, which can help prevent disabling osteoporosis.
4. Running strengthens your knees (and your other joints and bones, too) –Runners have a decreased risk of osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, according to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Running increases oxygen flow and flushes out toxins resulting in healthier cartilage and stronger ligaments around the knee.
5. Running will keep you sharper, even as you age –A 2012 study published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review concluded that the evidence is insurmountable that regular exercise helps defeat age-related mental decline, particularly functions like task switching, selective attention, and working memory.
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Exercise is medicine.” Well, it’s not just a saying; it’s the truth. Scientific research proves that regular exercise about 150 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes, five times per week with running in particular, has many health benefits that extend well beyond any pill. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a multitude of other unpleasant conditions. Go do your body a favor, celebrate with the Ear, Nose and Throat Insitute by running today, and every day!