Exercise is medicine. The immense benefits of regular fitness and workout exercises are well documented. Running, in particular, is associated with numerous health benefits. Various studies have shown that running can help prevent and manage diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems and obesity. Additionally, regularly running can also prevent strokes, the accumulation of stress, hypertension and high blood pressure. Still wondering how much running can do? Here are five amazing ways running improves your health:
1. Lifts your mood and mental energy
If you workout regularly, then this would not come as a surprise to you. No matter how you feel before going on a run, you’re sure to feel better after. And the proof is in the science, so it’s not just one of those things being said. When you workout, you experience a rush of mood-lifting hormones.
Running has a calming effect that helps you beat mental fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression. In particular, it allows the body to dissipate stress and is a great way to boost confidence. As a knock-on effect, you’ll experience better sleep and appetite.
2. Prevents diseases
We already highlighted some of these in the introduction to this article, here’s a few more. Medical experts recommend running on a treadmill or for long distances helps reduce the symptoms of illness in diabetics and people suffering from high blood pressure.
When you run, you help your arteries retain their elasticity and force your heart to work at more effective levels. This helps to reduce the chances of a heart attack significantly.
3. Extends life
Running not only improves your quality of life; it adds years to it. Studies report that running can improve the mortality of a regular exerciser.
Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases research: “People who run tend to live about three years longer than those who don’t.” Best of all, to get the benefits of running, you only need to run two miles every other day.
4. Helps weight loss
This should come as no surprise. Running and every other form of physical exercise is great to stay in shape. Running is one of the best types of exercise to help you shed those pounds and keep a trim body.
When you combine running with other weight loss techniques such as dieting, you’ll be greeted with tremendous results for all your efforts.
5. Strengthens knees, joints and bones
Running increases your bone mass and strength. It also helps to curtail the effects of ageing in terms of bone loss. While some people may casually say running is bad for your knees, knee health is actually improved by running and risk of osteoarthritis is reduced. Running builds strength in your legs and laps, which are the primary means of supporting your upper body weight. If you do experience pain when running, reduce your distance and give yourself a proper recovery period.
Cultivating a habit of regular running and exercising may seem challenging at first, but with the right set of dedication and discipline, you’ll build a health-benefitting routine soon. Always make sure you have the right kit and equipment as this is essential to maximising workouts and preventing injuries.
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