For depression and anxiety, running is a unique therapy



For depression and anxiety, running is a unique therapy


Harvard scientists say this one exercise can help you live longer

Living a long and healthy life may be the greatest puzzle that humanity may ever need to solve.

When you look up stories from centenarians describing how they lived so long, the stories vary wildly: one may say that they ate bacon every day, another may claim that daily jogging is the key to long life, and another may say they’ve been drinking alcohol every day for the last ninety years.

The most logical conclusion is that everyone is unique and has a different lifespan. Perhaps some people were just born with a body that could live up to and over a hundred years, while most of us were destined to drop a few decades too early.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t stretch your lifespan by a few years or decades. And in study after study, scientists have found the one key conclusion towards living a longer and more active life: exercise.

Exercise is the be all end all answer when searching for an all-around Fountain of Youth.

Doctors usually recommend at least half an hour of exercise, five days a week, or around 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. And for good reason, too: not only have studies proven that exercise can extend your lifespan, but they have also proven that it can improve cognitive strength and generally keep your brain healthy and active.

But as numerous as these studies may be, it’s difficult to pinpoint a single one that definitively proves that exercise can add years to our life. Perhaps this study may be enough to convince you.

Exercise the best prescription for sound health

Here’s a fact that may surprise you: By the year 2020, depression is projected to be a leading social and economic burden worldwide — second only to coronary artery disease! Psychotherapy and antidepressants are effective but aren’t for everyone.

But there’s another treatment for depression that’s free and available to everyone: exercise. It will also lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol profile, help control blood sugar, and reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and common cancers. And, of course, help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight.