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Running has long been seen as a great way to get fit. You don’t need to be competing in marathons to reap the benefits, either, as more regular jogs are deemed to be just as good – if not better – for your well-being. Thanks to ongoing research on running, however, scientists have uncovered the real impact that the hobby can have on our health. And when you realize just how the activity affects our bodies, you may be shocked.

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It’s true, for instance, that running may help in the quest to shed some pounds. Dropping a bit of weight can be a real boon, too, as the 13 percent of the world’s population deemed to be clinically obese – according to 2016 statistics from the World Health Organization – run the risk of a number of health concerns, including hypertension, type II diabetes and heart problems.

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