Run For Your Life!

This article was first published on the 2nd of January, 2017 and last updated on the 2nd of January, 2017 by Patrick Carpen.

Has anyone ever told you to run for your life? Or have you ever been in a situation in which you had to run for your life? If so, then, at that time, you would have been thankful if you were in good physical shape; and you would have cursed yourself if you weren’t. Isn’t it true?

As unfortunate as it is, many people have had, at one point or the other, to run for their lives, literally. Sometimes, it is running away from attackers who are out to do you physical harm. Some may have had to run from an approaching out-of-control vehicle. Maybe you had to run away from a vicious dog – literally or figuratively speaking. Some people have had to run away from the sea. Yes, I‘ve heard a story of two wandering boys who walked onto the beach while the sea had receded. When they looked behind, the waters were closing in around them, and they had to run for their lives to the shore.

And I’m sure there are many stories of this nature. And then there are cases when we humans had to run away from the sea, literally, as in the case of tsunamis. Yes, people had to run for their lives in so many circumstances: volcanoes, earthquakes, typhoons, thunderstorms, tsunamis, thieves, robbers, bandits…and the list goes on. We never know when we will need to run for our lives and that is why we should maintain ourselves in good physical shape.

But this article does not focus primary on the need to run for our lives – literally. It has to do with running for our lives, but here, I’m address the topic more from a medical standpoint. Yes! Run for your life!

That is because running will save your life, whether or not you are being chased; or whether or not you are in a dangerous situation.

Here are some good reasons why you should start running for your life today:

Running reduces the risk of all types of cancer.

Running strengthens the heart and reduces the risk of heart disease.

Running reduces the risk of high cholesterol.

Running reduces the risk of diabetes: all types.

Running reduces the risk of obesity.

Running reduces the risk of high blood pressure.

Running opens up your lungs.

Running strengthens all organs of the body, including the eyes.

And this running I’m talking about is running on a regular basis: not running once every blue moon. It means running at least three times per week. Don’t sprint, go slow. Jog, the slower the better; the longer the better. Running combined with brisk walking in between is even more effective.

Run! Run! Run for your life today!

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