Running Toward A Better You
It's no wonder why running is becoming increasingly popular. All you need is a pair of running shoes and some motivation to help you improve your overall health and mood. Learn more:
- How many calories can you burn? (Average calories lost while on a treadmill for 1.600 meters): 1) Women: Running - 105 calories; Walking - 74 calories; 2) Men: Running - 124 calories; Walking - 88 calories.
- Jogging is one of the most popular forms of weight loss.
- Since 1980, there has been a 255% increase in the number of US marathon finishers.
- More than 500.000 people finished a US marathon in 2010, an 8.6% increase over 2009.
- Since 2003, the half-marathon has been the fastest growing road race distance in the US. For five consecutive years, the number of half-marathon finishers has increased by 10% or more each year.
- Men and women who run races both prefer the half marathon to any other race: 1) Men - 35.2%; 2) Women - 39%.
- They've also purchased several pairs of shoes in the last 12 months: 1) Men - 3.3; 2) Women - 3.
- Running is considered one of the best cardio exercises thanks to its many benefits: 1) Helps you lose weight; 2) Improves cardiovascular health; 3) Improves mood; 4) Improves mood.
- Follow these tips for proper running form: 1) Your head should look to the horizon as you run; don't bend forward or look at your feet; 2) Keep your shoulders relaxed and loose; 3) Lift your chest up and out while running so you can
breathe deeply; 4) If your torso and head are aligned, your hips will be too; they're your center of gravity; 5) Keep your knees low as it'll help increase your speed.
How much should you run?
- The American College of Sports Medicine's Position Statement on Exercise recommends the following for any type of athletic activity for a healthy adult: 1) Frequency: 3 to 5 days a week; 2) Duration: 20 to 60 minutes of continuous
or intermittent aerobic activity; 3) Intensity: 55/65% to 90% of maximum heart rate.
Who likes to race?
- Average age: 1) Women - 38.5 yrs.; 2) Men - 43.6 yrs.
- Household income (over $75.000): 1) Women - 70.3%; 2) Men - 76%.
- College educated: 1) Women - 78.2%; 2) Men - 76.2%.
- Average number of years running: 1) Women - 9.9; 2) Men - 14.2.
- Married: 1) Women - 63.2%; 2) Men - 71%.
- Average running events participated in during the last year: 1) Women - 7.2; 2) Men - 8.7.
- Women: 1) 51.8% have completed at least one marathon; 2) 25% started running for the exercise; 3) 76.8% state staying in shape as their motivation to run.
- Men: 1) 66.5% have completed at least one marathon; 2) 22.4% started running for the exercise; 3) 75.2% state staying in shape as their motivation to run.
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