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Positive Effects Of Running

There are many side effects of running that are positive and maybe somehow unexpected. The muscles all over the body get strengthened and some find it far easier to flag the sixpack we all have there somewhere under the fat layers on our stomach. Physical and psychological health issues tend to go together and you get far better at coping with stress in the daily life if you exercise.

The human mind seems to find it far easier to focus on only one isolated aspect of the big picture. Therefore I would probably be more successful by only writing about only one positive effect of running if I wanted to convince someone that it would be good for him/her to run.

I could of course write several hundred words about the fact, that male runners have less problems with erection than the average male. I am sure someone would buy that. But then, I am not a male, what do I know? Other than what I have read and heard my male running pals say. Not that they talk much about stuff like that.

If you are a female you might be interested in the fact that the muscles in the bottom region get stronger by running which diminishes problems with bladder control and uterine prolapse.

In a few words: The sex life gets better. Now, that IS something, isn't it?

There are countless myths about negative effects of running that can't stand daylight. Like the one that says women shouldn't run because they get prolapsed uterus out of it. It isn't true, quite the contrary. But then, if you want excuses you can always find one. Then it maybe doesn't matter if it is true or not, not as long you believe in it yourself.

By now I hope I have managed to erase the effects of my last article about the dark side of running.

Another myth is that runners have weak knees. Which isn't true. The condition named "runner's knee" isn't more common among runners than the whole population and running makes the knees stronger, just as it does to most other joints in the body.

The latest issue I have read about in the media is that ultra runners get scars in the heart muscle which definitely sounds dangerous. But when I read some of the research articles on that matter I found out that those scars were found among old males that had completed more than 100 marathons. Marathons where the strain on the heart is very vigorous all the time. Who does that anyway? Run hundred marathons. And I didn't see those older males compared to older males that lead a sedentary lifestyle. Well... I guess the other group would have just as many heart conditions, but their would have more to do with the coronary arteries etc... I am not a heart surgeon so I don't want to go further into this discussion. Exercise is good for the heart. Amen.


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Caleb R.  

Trail running is one of my favorite things. Being in nature, breathing the fresh air, and it builds ankle strength compared to running on flat concrete or paths.

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  about 1 year ago
Steve37  

I agree...

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  about 1 year ago

I agree that running has so many positive effects on people. I find it gives me additional energy throughout the day and allows clearer thinking. Marathons and ultras are extreme and people shouldn't feel they need to run that far in order to make running a positive part of their lives. I like to run a few miles with some sprints or intervals mixed in for variety. Hitting those higher speeds for short bursts can give some very nice benefits to overall fitness levels.

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  about 2 years ago

yes, anything is better than nothing

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  about 2 years ago
FL  

Plus if you run enough you get what is called the runners high. I love endorphins.

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  about 2 years ago

somehow I never hear runners say they run for the endorphins, but yes, they are there also

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  about 2 years ago

Might just start running again!!!!!!!!!

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  about 2 years ago

Good luck :)

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  about 2 years ago

I think one of the benefits i get from running is feeling more energetic rather than feeling sluggish most of the time. Thanks for giving me more reasons to do running! :)

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  about 2 years ago

the benefits are countless

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  about 2 years ago

It is quite true what you are saying, the human body was made to run and we should all be doing it. Children run around all the time but the enthusiasm goes as you get older probably because most people don't run and children just copy their parents and stop running too!

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  about 2 years ago

Yes, some children never walk, they run everywhere they go. Although it seems as if it was more common when I was growing up. Too many children sit still most of the time

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  about 2 years ago

Considering I'm not a runner (and you still haven't convinced me although I might now suggest it to my partner ;-)) your articles are very enjoyable! I look forward to hearing the next one. Maybe runners don't have knee problems because often active people are more conscious of health. Sports people often watch their diet and supplement it so the body can repair, build and be in peak physical condition. I guess studies don't take this into account either.

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  about 2 years ago

even if one eats unhealthy the running helps to keep one healthy

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  about 2 years ago
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