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.
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