The Benefits of Long Distance Running

The Benefits of Long Distance Running

Do you prefer long distance running to short sprints? You are not alone because me too! I like long slow runs rather than quick explosive sprints because I like the feeling of exercising for a longer period of time. It feels so satisfying to take a cold shower after a long run because it feels as though I have put in so much hard work. But do you know what are the benefits of long distance running? Read on to find out.

1. You Will Have Healthier Knees

People always tell you that you will have bad knees from running too much. On the contrary, running not only gives you healthier knees but stronger bones and joints as well. Many studies have shown that running improves knee health and doesn’t appear to cause any damage to your knees. Rather than damaging your knees, running can be beneficial because it decreases your odds of developing osteoarthritis.

2. You Have Better Memories

After running, the protein associated with working memory will surge in the brain. What does this mean? This means that there is an increase in the working memory performance, which simply infers that you can remember and process information much better. Studies have shown that running taps into your working memory more intensively, resulting in more growth.

3. You Are Smarter

Yes, you got that right. Not only does runners have better memories, we are supposedly to be smarter as well. Long distance runners are able to think clearer and have better learning due to the release of estrogen-related receptor gamma to the brain.

You Are Smarter

4. Improve Your Sex Life

For all the male runners who are looking to improve your sex life, you are in luck. Running is known to help boost your testosterone levels. Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone and a higher testosterone level means a higher sex drive with increased sperm count. If you are one who thought that exercising will affect your performance in bed. Try to pick up running and impress your other half today.

5. You Feel Happier

You know how your runner friends always say that a run can make you feel better and happier after a crappy day? Turns out they are right after all. This is especially true for long-distance runners because they tend to experience a runner’s high after 5 or 6 miles. Studies have shown that running releases serotonin, which improves your mood. Not only that, running can also remove kynurenine, a kind of amino acid which causes stress and depression.


These are my 5 benefits for long distance running. Do you agree with me? By the way, do you prefer short sprints or long distance running like me. Feel free to share with me by commenting below.

Cheers and Start Running Today




14 Comment

  1. Thanks for the post. Lots of benefits to running, a lot of which I know. Have you got an article regarding shoes, as this would benefit, probably not just me, but all those with poor running shoes.
    Great post. Well done.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Francis

      What kind of shoe articles are you looking for? Perhaps I can write one based on that. I have one article on How Often Should I Replace My Running Shoes, maybe it could be of interest to you.

  2. Very interesting article, thank you. Makes me want to get up and go for a run now lol

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Dawn

      Yes, you should do it! Start running today!

  3. Dave says: Reply

    Interesting article for someone who’s only just started running this year. personally I still think long distance running is a grey area with regard to bone health. Especially since reading about runners like Team Hoyt and Marshall Ulrich. Two phenomenal athletes.
    Have you ran any ultras so far?

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Dave

      No, I have not run any ultras so far. To be honest, I am a very new runner that just started fairly recently as well. I hope my site can get more people to pick up running.

  4. Thank you for this great reminder of how the benefits of long distance running generally improves your health my friend. I actually used to run between 25-35 miles a week before my accident left me disabled. And I certainly do agree with your part about the sexual health as I was really ER RANDY after doing the runnig for a while (haha hope I can say that matey 🙂

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Simon

      Hahaha yes, that comment is fine. Long time no hear from you mate, hope you are doing better now. Keep on rocking on your site!

  5. Nnamdi says: Reply

    Hello, Will, the benefits of a long distance running is everything that pertains to life and therefore cannot be ignored. Improving the knees, sex life, memories and happiness are sure things every normal human being should long for. Exercise I know is very healthy but you have even made me understand how important long distance running is to our health.

    Thanks, man.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Nnamdi

      Yes, long distance running are indeed very beneficial to our health. I hope more people can take up running. Thank you for dropping by!

  6. Buny says: Reply

    Ohh,the Benefits of running ? is too much to be ignored.I think I should start running now because I want to be smarter and have better memories,gosh!,my memory is so poor.
    Thanks for this lovely post anyways

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Buny

      Yes, you should start running asap. There are more health benefits than just being smart and having good memories as well.

  7. Jon says: Reply

    Great information to keep mind and body healthy, everyone should would love that, I will start doing some training on that. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Jon

      You’re welcome. Start Running Today!

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