What Are The Health Benefits of Running?

What Are The Health Benefits of Running

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.

 

Do you agree with my points? Leave your comments and feedback below.

 

Cheers and Start Running Today

Will

32 Comment

  1. Oo, great post my friend awesome info about the benefits of running! You go on to mention the health benefits that running has for you and it is very accurately written my friend! Great work indeed!

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Simon

      Thanks for the encouragement my friend.
      Yes, running has lots of health benefits.
      It can help to lose weight as well!

  2. Being a seasoned runner like myself, I agree with you 100%, aerobic exercise is the best way to strengthen the heart, increase your lung capacity and improve your longevity.

    It might be hard in the beginning because your body is not used to it, but if you stick with it; the benefits you gain will last a lifetime.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Adrian

      Glad to have a seasoned runner visiting my site.
      I am still a beginner runner myself and yes you are right, it is so hard in the beginning.
      But believe it or not, I am already feeling the health benefits so far, I feel less tired, more energetic than before I started running.
      Hope you can drop by my site often, feel free to comment or drop me a message if you have any feedback.
      Cheers!

  3. So true, running has so many benefits! It’s definitely an easy routine to get hooked on as well as a stress reliever. No gym, no equipment required. Do you have any tips for a newbie runner who is just getting started (tips to gradually increase endurance, etc?)

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Martina

      Please tell me you are the newbie runner because I am one as well! I only started running recently for a couple of months and I’m honestly loving it.
      One general rule of thumb is to start running today (hence the name of my site!) and to never give up running.
      For more tips for beginner runners, click here to read my other post.
      Cheers and keep on running!

  4. Jim says: Reply

    What do you think of walking as exercise as opposed to running? If I run, I will get winded fairly quickly, but if I walk very fast, I can go for a much longer time, and therefore I think I can burn more calories and keep my heart rate up much longer also. Does this sound logical to you, or do you have some knowledge of the difference here?

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Jim

      I think walking itself is fantastic as well if done regularly. Although I may not have much knowledge on walking, I feel that some form of exercise is better than nothing.
      I found this article for you, perhaps you can read through for some information, click here to read.

  5. Fiq says: Reply

    Hi Will
    When I was serving my national service I did a whole lot of running, and I discovered first hand how running can be such a great way to stay fit. However, I have read some articles online that excessive running can do damage on your knee caps, what do you think about that?

    Again, great article that gets straight to the point! Cheers

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Fiq

      Yes, I read some articles that excessive running can damage your knee caps as well. I believe those are referring to the extreme cases where you are running too much without giving your body a rest.
      3 to 5 times a week of running at your own pace should be fine given that you don’t exceed your limits too much. Pushing your limits are important but you should approach them at a suitable pace.
      Hope that helps!

  6. Jeremy says: Reply

    I completely agree Will. I love to run! I have run a couple 15k’s and a half marathon so far but when I train I feel my stress levels go down instantly like you said. If I had a bad day at work or maybe got into an argument with my wife, I love to strap some shoes on and take off. However, I just had my ACL repaired so it’s going to be awhile before I can run again and it is driving me nuts!

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Jeremy

      Wow, 15k and half Marathons, I wish to achieve that as my goals in future as well. Right now I’m still a beginner runner.
      I wish you a speedy recovery so that you can continue to run soon!
      Please drop by often.

  7. Rosie says: Reply

    Hi Will, I would agree with you !00% due to I had some health scare about 4 years ago and my doctor suggested running. It was hard at first but I stuck with it and went from 4 blood pressure pills a day to 1.
    Rosie

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Rosie

      That is an inspiring story you had there. Yes, running is something free yet so powerful.
      Congrats on pushing on and staying healthy. Keep on running!

  8. Awesome post Will. This is a very easy to understand article and gives many valid reasons as to why you should incorporate running into your lifestyle. I am a wrestler so running is definitely a big role in what keeps us conditioned. I would share this with people who are looking to make that leap into a more healthy lifestyle.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Adrian

      Thank you for liking my post and sharing with others.
      Yes, running has so many benefits that more of us should incorporate it into our lifestyles.
      Cheers and keep on running!

  9. uwais says: Reply

    the benefits of running are great, the fact that it makes you fit and not fat is good enough reason for me to start running. I have been losing weight so to keep of the fat running is amazing.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Yes, running does keep you fit and not fat. It’s always good to have a motivation to keep you running.
      Don’t forget there are many other benefits as to why you should continue running.

  10. Nice article, Will. I especially relate with the stress reduction part of it. I’ve found that to be the biggest benefit of exercise for me. And sometimes (like today), I just want to get out and run for a while. It’s amazing how it clears your head out and boosts your overall sense of well being.

    Keep up the great work!

    Kevin

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Kevin

      Thank you for the kind words. Yes, running helps me to deal with the stress component very well too.

  11. Brandon says: Reply

    This post is so helpful. Running is not just good for a good ol’ huff and puff but it’s great to keep you fit and healthy, something that’s overlooked by a lot of people in this day and age. With all the fast food restaurants around these days it’s no wonder people find it hard to get up and run.

    I know you’ll help a lot of people with this post so good job there.

    Kind regards,
    Brandon

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Brandon

      Yes, you are right! The fast food culture is harming the health of most people and it is so scary that kids nowadays are brought up with Macs and BK.
      Running is really the best cheapest alternative to keep us fit and healthy yet people are not realizing it.

  12. Will, thank you for this great article about running and the health benefits. I, however, do not run. I have diabetes and I am also overweight. Running makes me extremely tired and I feel like I am going to pass out. I also have tendonitis (foot) and so running is difficult for me.

    How about walking and cycling? I have been doing those and I am experiencing the benefits you mentioned. I find that the healthier I become, the more I am now thinking about walking on the street instead of using a treadmill. Isn’t it amazing how when we change our lifestyle, how our brain pushes us in other areas?

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Josephine

      Thank you for liking my post, I hope it has helped you. Yes, walking and cycling are very viable alternatives if you are not suitable for running. walking a couple times for 30 mins a week beats running just once a week anytime.
      The important thing is to keep yourself active.

      1. Yes Will, walking a few times per week is better than nothing and the consistency is paying off. What are your thoughts on running on a treadmill?

        1. Will says: Reply

          Hi Josephine

          Actually, I run on treadmills during the weekends at the gym. I don’t know why but it feels that treadmill is somehow easier that running outdoors. Treadmills are a good alternative when there is bad weather outside and you don’t want to skip your run. But, to be honest, nothing beats running outdoors! 🙂 🙂

  13. I love to run. It’s great to know that there are benefits to doing it. I just don’t do it regularly since I’m really thin and can hardly gain weight. I’m kind of scared of losing weight. Is it possible to gain weight while running?

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Kaz

      On the contrary, you might gain weight instead of losing weight. This is because you can build more muscles and this will allow you gain more weight. This weight of muscles is actually better than weight contributed by fats.

  14. Hey Will =)

    I loved reminding myself of the amazing health benefits you have shared in your content here about running.

    I really think this is a beautiful, honest and inspiring website.

    I will be a regular visitor.

    Thanks man =)

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Lawrence

      Thank you for the encouragement. I hope to inspire others who are non-runners to join running as well to keep healthy.
      Please visit back often!

  15. Ya, I always struggle with running lol. I love short-distance sprint vs long distance marathon as I find sprinting is a lot of fun. I do find running to be a little tough on my knee and ankle as I am a little of the heavier side now lol. However, I will still do it for the sake of my cardiovascular health.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Arthur

      Yah, some people prefer sprinting but long distance is my thing as I want to train up my stamina and discipline. Perhaps you can cut down on sprints to reduce the pressure on your knees? Walking or Jogging are fine as well to improve your cardiovascular health. Cheers and keep on running!

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