The development of a heart condition has four major risk factors. They are smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and absence of regular exercise. This means that even if you don’t smoke and have a healthy diet but you don’t exercise on a regular basis, you are still at risk for heart disease.
Running and other aerobic exercises lower the risks because as your aerobic capacity goes up, your heart becomes stronger. When you exercise at least a few times a week, your heart can better manage the stress of your daily life. This means that when you add stress to your heart during exercise, you are actually lowering the stress your heart experiences when you are not exercising because it becomes stronger.
Running also helps reduce other risk factors associated with heart diseases. It helps prevent or delay the rise of blood pressure even for those runners who have a genetic predisposition to high blood pressure. Running also helps keep blood cholesterol under control.
When you start running, you will be likely to smoke less or quit smoking completely because the link between smoking and your performance as a runner will become obvious. You will have a choice between smoking a cigarette or performing well during your workout and if you are serious about running, eventually your workouts will become a bigger priority.
All of this means that when you start running, you will not only remove the risks of developing a heart disease but you will also remove the risks of other conditions and issues such as obesity and stress.
Medical studies also show a direct correlation between regular exercise and thickness of the bones in a body. The stronger the bones, the more stress they can handle. Running is especially beneficial to women because with age women’s bodies tend to produce less estrogen, which leads to a decrease in bone density. Running can help slow down this decrease.