Health & Wellness

It's Global Running Day! How healthy is running for you?

More than two million people all over the world have committed to run today, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations. Organized races have been planned from New York to Tokyo, and runners are taking today to celebrate the great sport that you can literally do anywhere, anytime.

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Not only is it easy to do and accessible for everyone — running is also one of the best forms of exercise out there. Running, or any other aerobic exercise, can improve our well-being and ease depression according to a recent study in the journal Cognition & Emotion. Another study found that running for even just five to 10 minutes a day, at a slow pace, can help to reduce risks of death from cardiovascular disease and other causes.

Need a few more reasons to start a running habit? Check out these stories, then lace up your sneakers and get outside!

1. Any form of exercise — including running — can lower your risk for 13 types of cancer.

People who exercised had a lower risk of lung cancer, kidney cancer, stomach cancer, and more.

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2. The recommended amount of exercise is 2.5 hours per week, which is roughly 21 minutes a day.

Yet according to recent research, most of us aren’t meeting this requirement.

3. You can do a full-body workout by just running two-minute intervals.

Jenna Wolfe will show you how.

4. There are countless apps that can help you accomplish your running goals.

Shape magazine fitness director Jaclyn Emerick shares her favorites.

5. Why run when you can "crun"?

Try this challenging variation on the traditional running form.

6. Exercise might be the best way to fight Alzheimer’s.

A recent study found that moderate to heavy exercisers had half the risk of developing dementia compared to less active people.

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7. Running just five minutes a day could keep you healthy.

Researchers recently found that runners of any kind had a lower risk of death than non-runners.

Celebrate Global Running Day with a quick run outside — even if it's just for five minutes, it will be worth it.

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