So we all know running strengthens the muscles in your body, helps you burn fat calories, and more, but did you know that, according to a new article in Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, running can benefit your eyesight as well?
In 2009, Paul Williams, PhD, reported “cataract risk decreased significantly among men runners with increased mileage. For this study, he broadened the participant pool to include women runners, as well as regular walkers of both sexes. In more than 32,000 runners and 14,000 walkers, the more they walked or ran, the less likely they were to be diagnosed with cataracts during the study’s six-year follow-up period. The risk reduction was equal between men and women.”
Apparently, both walking and running reduce the risk for developing cataracts. Williams found that the more energy you expend, the less risk you have of developing cataracts. In other words, those who run the most have the least risk of developing cataracts, while those who run less and walk have a greater risk, but it is still less compared to little to no exercise. “Compared to what would be expected for people of their age, those whose energy expenditure from running was the equivalent of averaging more than five miles a day had a 41 percent lower risk of developing cataracts.”
Williams says, “several mechanisms might explain why the more active people had the lowest risk of developing cataracts. One possibility is that many lifestyle-related conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and obesity, have been linked to developing cataracts, and being highly active can forestall those conditions.”
This should be a good incentive to get up and go this holiday season. Not only will you get rid of those calories from pumpkin pie, ham, and dessert, you’ll also be helping your eyesight while you’re at it!
Source: Women’s Health Magazine