Long-distance running has helped our species survive and evolve. Elements of the human physique, like the Achilles tendon and the length of the human body, make our bodies primed for running. Studies show that running can ease depression and anxiety. It can reduce risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Admittedly, running can cause bone stress injury, bronchospasm, cramps, blisters, and other issues. These physiological and psychological benefits outweigh the health risks that go along with running. Despite the health risk, running’s popularity is still on the rise. Long-distance running has helped people become healthier and happier for millions of years.
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