10 Research-Backed Benefits of Running – Women’s Running

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It can give you a longer life, better sleep, improved immunity, mood and more—and yes, it’s even good for your knees and lower back.

When you become a runner, it changes your life. But you may not know how much it improves every aspect. Here’s the evidence behind 10 benefits of running that you might be overlooking.

1. Running adds years to your life and life to your years.

Numerous studies have shown that running increases lifespan. This has led to the oft-repeated observation: “If exercise were a pill, it would be the most popular pill in the world.” (It would also be the least expensive, with little to no cost.)

A 2018 meta-analysis of research on running and longevity found that runners have about a 25 to 30 percent lower rate of all-cause mortality on follow-up than non runners. It concluded: “Any amount of running, even once a week, is better than no…

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