11 Science-Backed Reasons Running Is Really Good for You

The runner’s high is real

11 Legit Reasons Running Is Really Good for You

Looking for inspiration to lace up and hit the roads, trails, or treadmill this week? Forget trolling Instagram’s plethora of #seenonmyrun #fitspiration. Instead, turn to science. Sure, it’s not quite as glamorous as seeing your impossibly fit frenemy crossing the finish line (in third place) at her latest triathlon, marathon, or beer mile, but the reasons to run go far beyond vanity. Check out these science-backed benefits of running—and then set your sights on your next finish line.

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