,

What Happens to Your Body During a Run?

What Happens to Your Body During a Run
In This Article

The growth of the running populace in recent years is undeniable. According to Running USA’s latest State of the Sport Report, there were 8.3 million finishers in domestic 5K races in 2014, and that number is only expected to continue its upward trend. It’s no wonder when you consider the growing body of medical research that underscores the many benefits of running.

For instance, the Copenhagen City Heart Study recently found that, after keeping tabs on 20,000 Danish runners since 1976, these runners lived around six years longer than nonrunners. Interestingly, those results also showed that the joggers who traveled at around a 12-minute mile and ran 2–3 times per week (totaling 1–2.4 hours per week) actually reduced mortality the most. Put simply, you don’t need to be a speed demon or a mileage hound to garner the benefits offered by running.

But what exactly happens to your body during a run? The following infographic includes plenty of scientific backing for getting out and getting active, even for just a few minutes a day.

About the Authors

Meet the people behind the post

Related articles

More inspiration for you

6 minute read
We asked Dr. Nicola Guess to share a sample day in the life of
6 minute read
Having healthy meals and snacks on hand can reduce the stress of cooking each
4 minute read
Through food-logging, patience, and staying consistent, Bridgett saw results she never thought were possible.
4 minute read
Made in with collaboration with gastroenterologist, internal medicine expert, and MyFitnessPal’s scientific advisor Dr.
In This Article
Recent posts
6 minute read
We asked Dr. Nicola Guess to share a sample day in the life of
6 minute read
Having healthy meals and snacks on hand can reduce the stress of cooking each
4 minute read
Through food-logging, patience, and staying consistent, Bridgett saw results she never thought were possible.