The benefits of sport on the body

benefits of sport on the body

Regular physical activity will benefit many areas of your life, so why not give it a try?

If you train regularly, you already know: whatever the state of your life, running will do you good. But that’s not all. Researchers have discovered many more reasons to add a little movement to your life, and we’ve found ways to improve your fitness, your mind and your health. What are you waiting for?

Running makes you happier

This goes beyond the famous long-distance runner’s high, also called runner’s high – secretion of endorphins, the hormones of well-being. Researchers have established that a single exercise session (30 minutes of walking on a treadmill) can instantly improve the mood of a person suffering from major depressive disorder. Other studies suggest that practicing physical activity helps to better manage anxiety and stress, even after training. Also according to a study, running only 30 min for 3 weeks would improve the quality of sleep, mood and concentration.

Running makes you lose weight

It’s universally known that you burn calories running, but the real good news is that you’ll still be burning calories post-workout, on your couch, watching your favorite show. Studies have shown that regular physical activity stimulates the afterburn effect – the loss of calories after a workout. Scientists call this effect “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption” (EPOC). No need to run very fast to benefit from it. This effect occurs when you run at an intensity corresponding to 70% of your VO2max (maximum amount of oxygen you can consume per minute while running). Translation: a little faster than your jogging pace.

Running keeps your brain fit

Are you afraid of “losing your mind” as you age? Running regularly will help you keep it on your shoulders. A 2013 study published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review concluded that the evidence that regular physical activity helps combat age-related cognitive decline is “compelling”. Studies continue to show that older adults who are in good physical condition perform better on mental tests than their non-athletic peers.

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Running strengthens  the knees…

…as well as joints and bones. It has long been known that running increases bone density and slows age-related bone loss. But you’ve probably heard your friends or family tell you that “running hurts your knees”. Not according to science. Studies show that if you train gradually (following the plans in the next chapter), running will improve the health of your knees.

Running makes you live longer

Even if you stick to the minimum amount of sport recommended by the WHO (30 min of physical exercise per day, 5 days per week), you will live longer. According to several studies, when different types of people start to practice physical activity, they live longer.

Running prevents cancer

Sport does not cure cancer, but there is plenty of evidence to show that it prevents it. An analysis of 170 studies published in the Journal of Nutrition found that regular physical exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers. Here are some examples :

COLON CANCER:  Risk reduced by 40 to 70% BREAST CANCER:  Risk reduced by 30 to 40% PROSTATE CANCER:  Risk reduced by 10 to 30% ENDOMETRIAL CANCER:  Risk reduced by 30 to 40% LUNG CANCER :  Risk reduced by 30 to 40%

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