10 fun facts about running

Are you thinking about taking up running? Our advice is DO IT! Obviously we think it’s great, but don’t just take our word for it. Here are 10 cast-iron facts about running that will encourage you to lace up those running shoes!

10 fun facts about running

Male runners are better in bed

A study of London Marathon runners in 2015 found that the best long distance male runners had more testosterone than their peers. Previous studies have indicated more testosterone means a better sex drive, sperm count, heart health and spatial awareness. Form an orderly queue, ladies. 

Running helps you live longer

Running can add as many as three years to your life, research by Iowa State University says. The researchers discovered that people who didn't run had a life expectancy three years less than that of runners. Running was also linked to a 30 percent lower risk of death from any cause and a 45 percent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke, compared to no running.

It boosts brain power

Many studies have made links between exercise and improved brain function. This latest one found subjects who exercised four times a week over a six-month period experienced an increase in brain volume in specific, or local, areas of the brain. Moreover, those who engaged in aerobic exercise experienced greater gains than those who just stretched.

Did you know?

If you ran 12 miles a day for 2075 days, you would have clocked up 24.900 miles – equivalent to the circumference of the earth. Better get going!

The runner’s high is real

You may have heard of this strange phenomenon and doubted its existence, but it is a real and wonderful thing. The trigger for this wave of euphoria as you’re clocking up the miles is the release of endorphins, the chemicals that your brain produces as you run. In simple terms, they are a home-made painkiller that will take you mind off the effort you are outing in and bring that enveloping feeling of awesomeness! Looking for the ultimate runner's high? Here are 6 great reasons to run a marathon.

It’s not bad for your knees!

You will have heard plenty of people say that long-distance running will give you plenty of knee trouble in later life. We’re here to tell you it’s not true! A study of nearly 75,000 runners and nearly 15,000 walkers done in 2013 concluded runners had far less chance of contracting arthritis than the walkers – around  half.

Study authors suggested that running lowers BMI (Body Mass Index) more than walking, and that lower body weight is the key to staving off the condition arthritis. It makes sense. The single-largest risk factor for knee osteoarthritis is obesity. Running is a powerful tool in the fight against obesity.

It takes 22 minutes to run off a chocolate bar

If you’re partial to a nice bit of Dairy Milk, that’s how long you’ll need to run (at 5 mph) to burn off the calories. That’s according to the Royal Society of Public Health, who would like to see this info slapped on the wrapper. Also on their list, 16 minutes will see off a packet of crisps, 40 minutes will burn the calories contained in an iced cinnamon roll and a chicken and bacon sandwich will cost you 42 minutes on your feet. 

If you played sport, you will be less injury prone as a runner

Research by Stanford University found runners who played ball sports as children had nearly 50 percent fewer stress fractures than runners who didn’t. 

You love bananas, we love bananas

In a recent study, when asked what food they couldn’t be without, most runners named bananas. And with good reason. Regular running can lower your potassium levels, which bananas are rich in. It also carries plenty of vitamin B6, a useful tool for carrying oxygen around the body, and magnesium, which is important for bone health.  

Did you know?

When we run, the human heart can create enough pressure to spurt blood 30 feet!

Here are our top tips for beginner runners and some breathing tips to help you when starting out.