Running is the cornerstone of exercise; a workout that will never slip off the radar of fitness.
So what is it about running that makes it so special? Not every runner will be able to tell you exactly what it is about running that’s so great.
So let’s break it down. Here are 6 reasons why you should start running TODAY.
So, Is Running Really Positive For My Health?
The couch potato will probably say no…
But do you really believe in what a couch potato tells you?
Prevent Disease With Regular Runs
The evidence is conclusive: running helps prevent disease.
Here are just a few of the ways in which it does this:
- Heart disease: Running regularly evidently improves your heart’s health, lowering the risk of disease. Non-runners are twice as likely to die from heart disease.
- Diabetes: Running assists the lowering of your blood sugar level, and your risk of suffering from Type 2 diabetes.
- Obesity: Control your weight and boost your metabolism, countering obesity.
- Arthritis: Running can reduce joint pain and stiffness, while increasing muscle mass around joints.
Don’t Worry, Be happy. -Running Makes You Feel Good!
Any runner will tell you that exercise just makes you feel good. As you run endorphins and endocannabinoids are released into your brain, elevating your mood, making you feel more alert and happier. This is widely recognized and is known as “runner’s high”, and continues even after you finish your run.
Here’s a quick “fun fact” about runners high..:
The endocannabinoids actually have an impact similar to cannabis, -AKA Marijuhana to your body… Now wonder you feel high?
In fact, few things have found to be as effective in treating depression as running. Depression involves low levels of endorphins such as serotonin- many of which are boosted during and after a run. In this sense, running can help counter the chemical imbalance brought about by mild or moderate cases of depression.
Aside from the chemical benefits, running brings a sense of achievement, no matter how long or short. Completing a physical challenge like a run can be great for boosting self-esteem and confidence.
Run Your Self To Better Shape!
Whether for weight loss or simply staying in shape, running is highly effective.
The science behind weight loss is simple. To lose weight, you must burn more calories than you intake, and given the average runner burns around 700 calories per hour, running is an excellent way to achieve this.
Staying in shape is also a simple equation; once you have reached your ideal weight, you must maintain this energy budget, and running is an effective method. Run time can easily be modified around the parameters of your energy budget.
Running Help You Stay Sharp
People talk about “losing their marbles” as they age- turns out the phrase “use it or lose it” doesn’t just apply to your body. There is a scientifically proven link between the body and the mind- regular exercise is proven to slow mental decline.
Studies have consistently found amongst older adults that regular exercises scored higher in mental testing. Tests included memory, thinking and judgement problems, and more. Running can bring all the benefits of a healthy body INCLUDING an enhanced mind, even into old age.
Regular Running Could Prolong You Life
Aside from reduced risk of disease, its undisputed that exercise makes you live longer, and running just might be the most effective.
The Cooper Institute found that just two hours of running a week will likely increase your life expectancy by 3.2 years, regardless of lifestyle. According to the findings of the study, even smokers that ran would live 3 years longer than a non-runner.
“Two hours of running per week at any speed or mileage can increase your lifespan by three years.”
Reference: medicaldaily.com – Life Expectancy In Runners Vs. Non-Runners
Running Strengthens Your Joints
The commonly held belief that running is bad for your joints is a myth.
Several studies have highlighted this fact; with runners experiencing half as many cases of knee osteoarthritis as walkers.
It is true that running places stress on your joints, however this process actually strengthens them. Your bones and cartilage spring back during this action, building resilience in doing so.
Final Words – Put on Your Best Running Shoes and go Running
These are just 6 of the ways that running ROCKS. The list of benefits is seemingly never-ending, but is growing every day.
If you like the sound of getting in shape and a longer, happier life, then lace up those shoes and get running!
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