- Strengthens bones, including the spine.
- Improves cholesterol levels by decreasing bad cholesterol and increasing the good.
- Prevents the mid-section from getting larger with age
- Keeps the body-mass index (BMI), in the healthy range, and average weight lower that non-runners of the same age.
- Reduces weight-gaining effects from poor-diet
Running also decreases the risk of developing:
- High blood pressure
- Gall bladder disease
- Glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration
Generally, running slows the aging process, helps to maintain a healthy body, and contrary to popular belief, is not bad for your knees.