Improves overall health
There’s a reason why
t he Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends adults get 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous movement per week. Physical activity reduces our risk of heart disease, stroke, breast and colon cancer, and type II diabetes. “There’s so much research that suggests that exercise is medicine,” says Jewitt. “Even low-intensity-type running can make a really big difference to the body’s cellular, molecular level, of how it actually behaves, basically by improving our bodies’ ability to fight off disease and decrease inf lammation.” A 2014 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running – even at slow speeds – significantly reduces a person’s risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Weight-bearing physical activity, like running, is good for your bones too, by helping treat and prevent osteoporosis. You might also find that when you’re running regularly, you sleep better and want to eat more nutritious foods, too. That’s something Cunningham has noticed. “If you learn to enjoy [running] or find some kind of activity you enjoy, the rest of your life kind of gets healthier by default,” she says. Rhiannon Russell is a freelance journalist who lives in Whitehorse, and a regular contributor to Canadian Running magazine. She’s written for The Walrus, Outside and Canadian Living
EVEN LOW-INTENSITYTYPE RUNNING CAN MAKE A REALLY BIG DIFFERENCE TO THE BODY’ S CELLULAR, MOLECULAR LEVEL, BY IMPROVING OUR BODIES’ ABILITY TO FIGHT OFF DISEASE AND DECREASE INFLAMMATION.