Running, even 5 to 10 min/day, reduces risks of death from all causes.

By |2017-05-14T03:59:34+00:00May 14th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: , |

Although running is a popular physical activity, we don’t know about the long-term effects of running on mortality.
We examined this associations in 55,137 adults, 18 to 100 years of age.
Compared with nonrunners, runners had 30% and 45% lower adjusted risks of mortality. It gave them a 3-year life expectancy benefit.
Weekly running even <51 min, <6 miles, 1 to 2 times, was enough to reduce risk of mortality.
Running, even 5 to 10 min/day and at slow speeds <6 miles/h, reduces risks of death from all causes and cardiovascular disease.

Long-Distance Runners Think Very Differently Than you May Have Thought

By |2017-02-02T15:58:07+00:00January 31st, 2017|Categories: Interesting Facts|Tags: |

The three main subjects long distance runners think about:
1. pace and distance
2. pain and discomfort
3. the running environment, especially those nasty hills, and the weather
If you were wondering if long-distance runners use this time to solve life’s dilemmas – relationship troubles or metaphysical conundrums, for example – it seems that is not the case.

Samson, A., Simpson, D., Kamphoff, C., & Langlier, A. (2015). Think aloud: An examination of distance runners’ thought processes International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology 1-14


With greater physical exertion comes the experience of more positive emotion

By |2017-02-02T15:58:17+00:00January 30th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: |

One researcher surveyed the emotions of two ultra-runners. They ran for a 10-week period and covered 3641 kilometers (2262 miles) across Europe. The route included a variety of terrain including flats and mountain ranges such as the Pyrenees.
Researchers found the following:
-the more physical exertion they expended, the more their mood intensified
-four key factors: mental stamina, motivation to test one’s limits, friendliness with their partner, and self-awareness
The results of the test showed: when people do amazing things, they feel more energetic in other areas of their lives.

Johnson, U., Kenttä, G., Ivarsson, A., Alvmyren, I., & Karlsson, M. (2016). “An ultra-runner’s experience of physical and emotional challenges during a 10-week continental run”, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 14 (1), 72-84