Many of us have a passion for sports and most of us are practicing a form of sport or another. If you are a passionate runner, here are the 10 most impressive facts about running that most probably you have never heard of.
1. Run backwards for awesome benefits.
This may come as a surprise, but when running backwards your body experiences an amazing boost in regard to its adaptive capabilities. You definitely had no idea that running backwards can strengthen your muscle mass and helps you avoid future injuries. This is because your legs are adapted to normal running mechanics and adopting a completely different exercise will stimulate your muscles in a totally different way. By running backwards you will force your leg muscles, joints and articulations to adapt to the change and this will improve your body’s overall performance.
2. Running reduces your blood pressure more efficiently than most of the medications.
This is actually a well known fact in the medical field, but not everyone is aware of it. Medications and diets used to adjust your blood pressure are not always as effective, not to mention most of the methods can have several side effects. Running is a natural way by which you can get the same result a long term medication can provide, but without the side effects.
3. You are a good runner thanks to your mother’s genes.
It’s no surprise that highly talented athletes have an awesome gene pool to rely on, but only recently it has been discovered that, of the both parents, the mother is the one responsible of providing such a gene. Research in this field has shown that most of your fitness capabilities are coming from your mother’s gene pool.
4. Excessive running is harmful to your health.
You probably were not expected to hear this, but it is entirely true. There have been several tests conducted, that meant to reveal the impact of long running sessions on a subject’s health. The results showed that 80 km of running per week translates in various respiratory system affections and bone structural damage. Around 30 to 50 km every week seems to be the optimal running distance in terms of benefits gained.
5. You want to get slimmer? Short running sessions is the word.
Yes, this is also a fact. It has been shown that a 20 minutes running system that goes like this: sprint (8 seconds) – pause – sprint – pause, is more effective than a 40 minutes uninterrupted running session when it comes to lose weight and get in shape. It appears that human body can burn fat more effectively when subdued to bursts of effort.
6. Your bones are stronger when running.
Professional runners have a bone density higher than a regular person and their entire leg bone structure is thicker and more resilient. This is because in order to adapt to the incoming effort, your body starts adding more minerals to your leg bones.
7. Being short is the key.
Here is another amazing fact you did not knew about. Taller runners are no match for shorter ones. Despite having the same weight as a shorter athlete, the taller one has longer and heavier bones and he needs a lot more energy to move them around which makes him more difficult to compete to a shorter and lighter runner. There’s another advantage coming from genes.
8. Run for 3 days and die.
This is something you had no idea about. Your average untrained individual has enough energy stored in its body to continuously run for 3 days at a speed rate of 24 kilometers / hour. If you are not familiarized with speed calculations this is almost the maximum speed an average person can reach. In total, 3 days of running are enough to get you killed.
9. One billion runners.
This is the number of running shoes sold worldwide each year. Talking about not having enough athletes in the world.
10. Play football if you want performance.
This is an interesting one. It has been discovered that athletes that played football in their childhood have a stronger and more equally distributed bone mass than those that didn’t.