Running is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise that really gets the heart pumping. Like other forms of aerobic exercise, running helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, strengthen the heart and blood vessels and improve the flow of oxygen around the body.
One study in 2014 found that runners were 45% less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than non-runners.
Running helps to improve cardiovascular fitness, burn off calories and manage weight.
New to running? See a GP for a check-up first, especially if over 40, are overweight or have a chronic illness.
Then get a good pair of sneakers and start slowly, maybe with 30-mins of brisk walking. As time goes on, start jogging for some of those 30 minutes, then increase to a running pace.
This article is for reference purposes only – it is not designed to be, nor should it be regarded, as professional medical advice. Please consult your own medical practitioner for health advice specific to your condition.