8 Benefits of Running: Pick Yourself Up and Run!

Running could truly be your best medicine. Studies show that it helps prevent obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, certain cancers and other health risk conditions.

This article discusses some of the proven benefits of running. Whether you are a keen runner already or need some ideas to help further your personal training sessions, it’s clear to see the impact regular running can have.

If you’re not yet convinced that running should be included in your exercise routine, here are some reasons that could change your mind:

Prevent health risks. As mentioned earlier, running cuts your risk in cardiovascular diseases, including diabetes and cancers. It improves your health in general and boosts your immune system. Not only does it improve your physical health but your mental health as well. Runners are most likely to be happier and less likely to experience anxiety or mood swings since it increase our endocannabinoids – the brain chemicals that signal pleasure. It’s the jargon ‘runner’s high’ that attests to this. It means a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment after a successful run.

Easy, no equipment required and convenient. You can run at any time of the day, take part in it whenever you are available and wherever you want to. And, you’ve known running since you were a toddler so really, you can do it at any age. If you want to warm yourself first, walk or jog for 15 minutes at most then run for 5 minutes and then rest then repeat. Everyone can do it.

Shred off some inches. Of course your main goal is to lose weight. You don’t have to go to the gym and pay for membership to help you with it. Simple jog + running should be your calorie-burning best friend. Running is one of the most effective exercise for losing and maintaining weight.

Stress-reliever. When you run, your body relieves excess energy and hormones. It will make your brain calmer and stress-resistant. If you’re overly stressed from work or just have a bad day, pack your running shoes and dust your stress away.

Sleep better. Whether morning, afternoon or evening, exercise promotes better sleeping habit and increases quality of sleep. Due to body-heating effects, your body temperature may trigger falling asleep and even better, it reduces anxiety and depression.

Confidence booster. Because as you set and achieve your goal in longer-mile runs, you get the sense of empowerment and being in control. And since you’re feeling lighter, you tend to wear better clothes that suits you, eat healthier food and live a better lifestyle.

Strength and stability. According to Runner’s World, running enhances knee health. In addition, running also improves the level of bone mass, it strengthens your ligaments and tendons.

Live longer. If you run, jog or exercise regularly, you’ll most likely to remain active longer. A 15-minute walk or a 5-minute run, or if you are able, a little bit of both may add three years to your life span as mentioned in Medical Daily. Small changes now can have a big impact later on in life.

This article was written by Chie Saurez

Chie is a writing junkie from the PH. She writes for FitBiz, a company that specializes in the retail of brand name fitness equipment. Chie likes to jog, walk and rest in between.

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