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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

It's one of the most popular forms of exercise in the world, and all you need is a pair of feet (and a good pair of shoes wouldn't hurt either).

Running stimulates the immune system, boosts a person's sleep quality, mood, and concentration levels, the high-impact strengthens and remakes bones along with muscles, and runners report having a better sex life than their slower-paced counterparts!

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Today's Random Fact:

Humans can outrun almost every other animal on earth over long distances.

The fastest marathon runner in the world is Kenyan Dennis Kimetto. He ran a marathon in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds in the 2014 Berlin Marathon.

The Badwater Ultramarathon claims to be the world's toughest footrace. Stretching 135 miles from Death Valley (the lowest point in North America) to Mount Whitney (the highest point in the lower 48 states), this grueling race is by invitation only.

Bonus Fact:

The treadmill was originally designed for English prisons as a tool for punishment.

In the late 19th century, running was called "pedestrianism."

Recreational running didn't become mainstream until the late 1960s. In 1958, the Chicago Tribune announced a strange new fitness fad: jogging.

In the 1960s, running for exercise was so unusual that some people were stopped by police. People would try to run in the morning because police became suspicious if they saw a grown man running at night.