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Is Running the best way to improve Your Health?

How running helps your health

By AdventHealth Staff

Running can be invigorating — the wind in your hair, the rhythmic thump as your feet hit the pavement, the feeling of accomplishment when you’ve reached your goal — it’s exciting and refreshing. But did you know that running may be the best way to improve your health.

Find inspiration and motivation for your next run while learning different ways running can benefit your health.

Running Reduces Your Risk of Heart Disease

You may feel your heart pumping and your heart rate going up as you run. But don’t worry, this can actually improve your heart health. Running for at least 10 minutes a day can significantly lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, running can reduce your risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 45%.

Running helps improve blood pressure, HDL (good) cholesterol and blood sugar sensitivity. It also lowers your resting heart rate, an important indicator of your overall health and fitness. The lower your heart rate, the more efficient and healthy your heartbeat!

Running Improves Your Knee, Back and Joint Health

If you’re an avid runner, you may hear people say to “watch your joints” while you run, but a study of 675 marathon runners found lower arthritis and better joint health than people who don’t run regularly. In addition to better joint health, high-impact exercises (like running) spur bone growth and promotes healthy bone mineral density. As you get older, running is a great way to keep you moving and strong if you want to avoid fractures and stay mobile.

Running Reduces Your Risk of Cancer

Multiple studies have shown that regular exercise lowers the risk of certain cancers. According to the National Cancer Institute, running and other cardio-related exercises may decrease your risk of bladder, breast, colon, endometrial and gastric cancers. While other factors such as family history and health factors play a large role in your risk of cancer, putting on your running shoes and going for a jog can protect your long-term health and reduce your risk.

Running Improves Your Sleep

A good night’s rest is essential for your overall health. Researchers at John Hopkins Medical Center found that running can help you fall asleep faster and improve sleep quality. However, try to avoid running too late in the day as aerobic exercises, like running, trigger a release of endorphins that activate your brain and might keep you away. If you’re looking to improve your sleep quality, go out for a quick run in the morning or early afternoon and feel the stress melt away.

Tips for Running Safely and Healthily

With so many great health benefits, you may be thinking about hitting the trail for a quick jog right about now. Be sure to run safely to prevent injuries or overworking yourself. Here are some tips to keep your running safely:

  • Don’t run right after eating
  • Don’t turn up your music too loudly; make sure to stay alert and aware of what’s around you
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after your run
  • Take regular breaks and listen to your body
  • Tell someone where you plan to run and when you expect to be back
  • If you get injured, stop running and get medical care right away

By following these simple tips, you can enjoy your run and have peace of mind that you’ll stay safe while improving your health.

Keeping You Running

Whether you’re looking to improve your daily runs or injured yourself while on a jog, AdventHealth is here to keep you running. At AdventHealth Sports Med and Rehab, they provide compassionate care to help you get back in your running shoes. For more information or to find a doctor, click here.  Are you looking for other people to run or walk with? Check out our Wednesday night group at

Dash Run Group on a Wednesday night
Vicky McMahan
Vicky McMahan
I stopped into Dash Sports while on vacation, after hearing about this store and reading reviews that they can help with foot issues and in particular, plantar fasciitis. I have been having foot pain for a year and even after a visit to a podiatrist and getting an insert, i didn't leave with any useful information except i'm getting old supposedly. Kimberly at Dash Sports gave me all of the information I was looking for a year ago. She worked with me one on one, analyzed my walk and how it was lending itself to my foot pain, and set me up with proper fitting, supportive shoes, socks, and a night sock. Faith restored that I'm finally on a healing path. I highly recommend this store.
Adam Cooney
Adam Cooney
Nik and Annette helped my wife and I find shoes for 2 completely different issues. They spent the time and listened to our issues to give us a wide selection of shoes for us to try. 10/10 will be going back and will always recommend.
Luis A Torres
Luis A Torres
My wife recommended Dash sports and Beth was the one that took care of my needs. She was very helpful and patient. I recommend this shoe store if your looking for comfortable shoes for everyday use.
Melody Sinopoli
Melody Sinopoli
Beth was so helpful! This is my new place to buy running shoes!
William Tschida
William Tschida
Kimberly was very knowledgeable, and helped my wife find the best shoes to help her with her foot issue. Very nice location and store.
Bill Sullivan
Bill Sullivan
Dash Sports is the only place to go when you need personalized service and sales people who know their products. You can certainly go somewhere else and get less expensive shoes, but you will not get the level of service that Dash provides. I have shopped with Dash for over five years and would not go anywhere else. Today I worked with Kimberly and she is FANTASTIC. She spent a lot of time with me, brought out several pairs of shoes and shared her professional observations on how I was walking in each pair and at the end we picked the shoe that felt good and provided the support that I needed. You will not get this level of service at any other store in this area. I highly recommend Dash Sports.
Maria Evans
Maria Evans
I love their expertise in fitting running shoes. Have been coming here since I moved to Clermont a few years ago. Just got a new pair last week and relied on their fitting expertise.
Beverlene Shaw
Beverlene Shaw
Annette, was very helpful from the start, I mentioned my back pain, and she took it from there. We tried on a few pairs of shoes until we had the right pair, she made sure I was comfortable walking in them. Thank you so much.
Macquer Oney
Macquer Oney
I live in Austin TX and I. Have. NEVER. Experienced a shoe store as friendly and informative as the Clermont location. Annette really took time to show me different options and reasons for her recommendations. I feel confident the shoes I bought will be worth it! Thank you Annette, Dash.
Abraham C
Abraham C
I needed a pair of shoes for work. Nik was super patient and extremely knowledgeable. You can tell he’s passionate about running and helping people find the right shoe. I tried on close to a dozen shoes, even hopped on the treadmill, and with all of that he answered my questions with enthusiasm. Once I settled on a pair he then helped my wife who was looking to replace her current running shoes. All around exceptional customer service experience. Thank you Nik!
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