Literally thousands of research articles in the best medical journals support the lifelong benefits of running and high-level fitness. Running has been shown to decrease more than 20 chronic diseases including overweight/obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and depression.
Many people mistakenly believe that running causes joint issues in late-life. In fact, the opposite is true. On average, runners encounter knee arthritis, low back pain, and the like more than 10 years later than non-runners. In other words, they stay young and energetic beyond their years. This happens because running is Nature’s best anti-aging plan.
Running is the nearly perfect exercise because: (1) you can do it almost anywhere; (2) the equipment costs are minimal; (3) there are no physical skills involved (just determination); and (4) it takes little time. Indeed, major medical groups worldwide advise that you need to run as little as 75 minutes a week to receive the same benefits as 150 minutes of walking.