Run for the Health of it

Running has always been revered as a great way to stay in shape.  As avid supporters and partakers in the running community, KT Tape knows the benefits of running.  We feel better when we run.   But what exactly are the health advantages of being a runner?  Here is an interesting article from by Amy Rushlow from Runner’s World on the magic of running: Scientists have discovered the fountain of youth—it's running. Studies continue to find that hitting the roads improves health and well-being. "The biggest benefits come from vigorous exercise like running," says JoAnn Manson, M.D., chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Here are the latest reasons to lace up. LOOK AHEAD: People who run more than 35 miles a week are 54 percent less likely to suffer age-related vision loss than those who cover 10 miles a week. KEEP THE BEAT: Runners who log a weekly run of 10 miles (or more) are 39 percent less likely to use high-blood-pressure meds and 34 percent less likely to need cholesterol meds compared with those who don't go farther than three miles. FUNCTION WELL: Men who burn at least 3,000 calories per week (equal to about five hours of running) are 83 percent less likely to have severe erectile dysfunction. BUILD BONE: Running strengthens bones better than other aerobic activities, say University of Missouri researchers who compared the bone density of runners and cyclists. Sixty-three percent of the cyclists had low density in their spine or hips; only 19 percent of runners did. THINK FAST: British workers were surveyed on a day they worked out and a day they didn't. People said they made fewer mistakes, concentrated better, and were more productive on the day they were active. STAY SHARP: A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reported that women who were active as teenagers were less likely to develop dementia later in life. SLEEP TIGHT: Insomniacs fell asleep in 17 minutes on days they ran, compared to 38 minutes on days they didn't. They also slept for an extra hour on days they exercised. SNEEZE LESS: People who exercise for an hour a day are 18 percent less likely to suffer upper-respiratory-tract infections than those who are inactive, according to a study from Sweden. Moderate activity boosts immunity. BREATHE EASY: Researchers had asthmatics do two cardio workouts and one strength session a week. After three months, they reported less wheezing and shortness of breath. LIVE LONGER: A review of 22 studies found that people who work out 2.5 hours a week are 19 percent less likely to die prematurely than those who don't exercise. A separate study found that active people have a 50 percent lower risk of premature death. So there you have it.  And don't forget to treat ailments like runner’s knee or plantar fasciitis with KT Tape to keep your body in motion and so you can take advantage of all those health benefits. Stay in the loop with other like-minded fitness folks and become a fan of KT Tape on Facebook.