5 health benefits of running and how you can get started

Running can improve your physical and mental health — and it has short-term and long-term benefits.
Running can improve your physical and mental health — and it has short-term and long-term benefits.

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Running is one of the best forms of exercise for your overall health. From better sleep to a stronger heart and improved mental health, the health benefits are extensive. 

And you don’t need to be a world-class sprinter or marathon runner. Even a slow and steady jogging pace can help you achieve the following health benefits: 

Running may help you lose weight 

Running is an especially efficient form of exercise for weight loss because of the calorie- and fat-burning advantages

The exact number of calories you burn largely depends on your weight and the intensity of your workout. But, in general, people burn around 100 calories for every mile they run. 

When compared to other types of aerobic exercise (or cardio), running burns many more calories in the same amount of

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The health benefits of push-ups and how to do them correctly to get the most out of your workout

The health benefits of push-ups are extensive, and they are one of the best exercises to build muscle.
The health benefits of push-ups are extensive, and they are one of the best exercises to build muscle.

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  • The benefits of push-ups include strengthening a wide range of muscles and improving your cardiovascular health. 

  • In addition, there are many ways to modify your push-up form to further target specific muscle groups. 

  • Here’s how to do push-ups effectively for their health benefits, whether you’re a beginner or an expert.  

  • This article was medically reviewed by Joey Thurman, CSCS, CPT, FNS, a Chicago-based fitness expert and MYX Fitness coach.

  • Visit Insider’s Health Reference library for more advice.

Push-ups are an effective workout that can target multiple muscle groups, providing many health benefits with few serious risks. 

“Push-ups will improve your health by building muscle, raising your metabolism to burn fat, and providing a cardiovascular benefit,” says Robert S. Herbst, a personal trainer and former world champion powerlifter. “They

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