7 Benefits of Running for Health


There’s a reason running remains a popular form of cardio: The health benefits — mental and physical — are numerous.

Even medical professionals are fans: “Running is how I find peace and relaxation. Although I’ve done multiple marathons, it’s really on the everyday runs that I see the most benefits emotionally, and it just keeps me healthy overall,” says Bryant Walrod, MD, a sports medicine specialist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

If you’re not running currently and you want to get started, Dr. Walrod emphasizes the importance of integrating the sport gradually into your exercise routine to build up stamina and strength — and avoid injury.

And if you have any health conditions, particularly heart issues, talk to your doctor before starting, Walrod adds.


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