I am sure that most of us chose running for this one main reason – the health benefits. Running is the most easily accessible exercise which requires minimal equipment. What’s more, you can choose to run anytime, anywhere to reap its health benefits. However, do you really know what are the health benefits of running? Read on to find out below.
You Get to Live Longer
Mankind has been chasing after immortality since forever. And we got the next best thing in the form of the simplest exercise, running. A study by PLOS Medicine shows that when people started exercising, they lived longer. This is based on the minimum of amount of physical activity—(30 minutes, five times per week). Simply by running 4-5 times regularly every week, we get to live longer by a couple years.
Running Reduces Stress and Makes You Happier
Feeling stressed after work? Instead of watching Netflix to unwind, consider going for a run next time. Running helps to boost the brain’s serotonin levels (imbalance in serotonin levels can cause depression) and make you feel good almost instantly. Even if there are days that you are feeling low and stressful, just go for a run and you are bound to feel better after that. Do it regularly and you can combat against stress and feel happier at the same time.
Cut the Risk of Heart Disease
Heart Disease is one of the main causes of deaths in the world. Getting regular exercises such as running is one of the best ways to cut the risk of you getting heart disease. Not only that, running can do wonders for your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol as well. However, do make sure you consult with your doctor first if you have any pre-existing heart condition before you pick up running.
Running Strengthens your Bones and Muscles
Running is considered as an impact exercise, which helps strengthens your bones and muscles. As you get older, you may suffer from bone loss. However, regular running helps you build muscles and increases your bone mass as you age. Top up with some milk and your bones are comparable with those teenagers out on the street who eat junk food and soft drinks.
You Get Fit, Not Fat
Running is one of the best ways to help you burn calories. Combine your regular runs with a healthy diet and you will definitely feel the results in a matter of weeks. And what better way to get fit using one of the cheapest exercise available. Who says getting fit has to be yoga or boxing classes. Running is the easiest way to get into fitness because they are just so easily achievable.
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