Fast Facts: Are you in the know?

4 November 2018

5 things you should know about running.

 

FAST FACT #1

According to research, running regularly can help you sleep, improve your mood, reduce your risk of developing some diseases, strengthen your bones and muscles, and improve your overall sense of wellbeing.

 

FAST FACT #2

Nearly 40% of running injuries are knee-related. The stress of running can cause irritation where the kneecap rests on the thighbone. This is usually a result of weak quads which aren’t able to support the patella, causing it to track out of alignment. To avoid Runner’s Knee and other knee-related injuries, do regular stretching and strengthening exercises.

 

FAST FACT #3

On average, runners live 3 years longer than non-runners. Why? Because running – even for just a few minutes a day – can dramatically reduce your risk of dying from heart disease.
(Journal of the American College of Cardiology)

 

FAST FACT #4

The human foot and ankle contain an incredible assortment of nuts and bolts that help us run: 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. All the more reason to invest in a good pair of shoes!

 

FAST FACT #5

Coffee break, anyone? Many studies claim that caffeine consumption increases athletic endurance, helping you to run further (and – in some cases – faster). But, there’s a catch – you have to ingest the right amount at just the right time. Some studies say that the right amount is between 3-6 milligrams per kg of body weight, and it should be consumed exactly one hour before an event. If you consume too much, you risk experiencing negative caffeine side effects like anxiety and dizziness.

 

 

By Hannah Begg

 

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