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Read about PCOS, one of the most com­mon causes of fe­male in­fer­til­ity, why run­ning is a great ex­er­cise, and the seeds to snack on if you want to reg­u­late di­ges­tion.

If you con­sider run­ning to be a work­out to tone only your leg mus­cles, then you’re wrong. Ex­perts say it has sev­eral ben­e­fits. Ton­ing calves, shins, ham­strings and quadri­ceps, it also firms up the ab­dom­i­nal or core mus­cles. Dr Ruchika Mukher­jee, as­so­ci­ate med­i­cal di­rec­tor, Cigna Global Well­be­ing So­lu­tions, Dubai, says that a firm core acts like a gir­dle and keeps your back straight.

Run­ning also works on the up­per body. For those want­ing to lose weight, run­ning is the best bet. ‘An av­er­age one­hour run burns about 606 calo­ries. Run long enough and fre­quently enough and you’ll lose weight, as­sum­ing, of course, you’re fol­low­ing a nu­tri­tious diet,’ says Mukher­jee.

She rec­om­mends fit­ness en­thu­si­asts to con­di­tion their bod­ies when pre­par­ing for the ex­er­tion of a run. Al­ways lis­ten to your body, don’t overdo it and recog­nise when it sug­gests it’s time to slow down. Also, stretch be­fore and af­ter. Be­fore run­ning, stretch­ing ac­ti­vates your body, and af­ter the work­out, it helps cool down.

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