Running is a popular form of exercise that many people swear by for its physical and mental benefits. But is it really a better workout than cycling or aerobics? Recent research suggests that running may indeed offer unique benefits for overall health and fitness.
A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running was associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality compared to cycling or aerobics. The study analyzed data from over 55,000 adults and found that runners had a 30% lower risk of death from any cause compared to non-runners.
Another study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found that running was associated with greater reductions in body weight, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference compared to cycling or walking. The study also found that running was more effective at reducing total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which are important risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Running may also offer unique benefits for mental health. A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that running was associated with lower levels of depression and anxiety in adolescents compared to other forms of exercise.
While running may offer unique benefits for overall health and fitness, it’s important to note that any form of exercise can offer significant benefits for well-being. Cycling and aerobics are also effective forms of cardio exercise that can help improve cardiovascular health, reduce stress, and improve mood.