Running is a great way to keep in good shape.
But did you know that it can help almost every part of your body too?
Running is effective at making your body healthier in many ways – and if running simply isn’t your thing, you can hate running but love the benefits. It is always important to take various exercises and their benefits into consideration as you never know when or where you may need to use them; just by knowing the benefits of running can change your perspective of the exercise as a whole.
Keep reading to gain an insight on the health benefits of running.

  1. Prevents Disease

Everyone wants to be healthy don’t they? Nobody wants to fall into that category of being unhealthy or suffering from unwanted diseases. There are a number of ways one can prevent diseases from occurring in the body. Healthy eating is one way and exercise is the other. A healthy body is a disease free body if you want it to be. Running is a great exercise for women to protect themselves from breast cancer; lowering the risk of women suffering from the disease. Also, running can reduce the risk of an individual suffering from a stroke which is something everyone wants to avoid. Diabetes is a common health issue today and it needs to be dealt with accordingly. Doctors state that running is a great way to keep fit and healthy and lower those glucose levels if the individual is in the early stages of diabetes. Moreover, doctors state that running lowers those blood pressure levels which a lot of individuals tend to suffer from today. Finally, running can reduce the chances of a person suffering from a heart disease, such as a heart attack. You never know when or where a heart attack may strike, so it is best to stay fit and healthy and take necessary precaution in avoiding such a trauma. So, push away those chances of undergoing any disease by running.

  1. Strengthens Your Knees And Other Joints In The Body

It has long been said that running increases bone mass and even helps stem age-related bone loss. As you grow older, your bones become weak and fragile. However, there is a way to prevent that from occurring at a later age. If you start running whilst you are young, it helps to strengthen not only your knees, but other bones and joints in the body as well. The stronger you are within, the less likely you are to suffer from bone loss as you grow older. Of course, you may hear your family or friends say that running is not good for you bones, but science has proven that theory wrong. David Felson, a researcher at the Boston University states:
“We know that from many long term studies that running doesn’t appear to cause much damage to the knees. When we look at people with knee arthritis, we don’t find much of a previous history of running, and when we look at runners and follow them over time, we don’t find that their risk of developing osteoarthritis is any more than expected”.
So, push away those myths and strengthen your knees and joints by running for at least ten to thirty minutes a day!

  1. Weight Loss

Tired of being overweight? Running is your answer! Running has proven to be an efficient exercise for shedding weight and even maintaining that weight you have lost. Just running for 10 minutes every day can aid in losing belly fat which is difficult to be rid of. It is a great way to burn those unwanted calories and is the second best exercise in terms of calories burnt per minute. Running is a fast and speedy exercise which gets your heart racing and your blood pumping; as a result making you sweat more and shed that weight quicker than walking. So give it a go and see your weight decrease.

  1. Tackles Depression, Making You Happier

Sometimes when you are feeling low, the last thing you want to do is go out for a run.  Yet, you will be surprised to know that running can have a positive impact on your mood. If you exercise on a regular basis then you will already know that no matter how you feel at any given moment, exercise; especially running can make you feel better and happier if you are feeling low. For those that don’t know, there is always a reason to start! A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in 2006 discovered that a single thirty minute exercise, whether that was running or walking could instantly change the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive disorder. Furthermore, a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health in 2012 found that running for thirty minutes a day during the week for three weeks boosted sleep quality, mood and enabled an individual to concentrate during the day. So, even though it may seem surprising that running can make you happier, the truth is that running has a lot of benefits to offer the body and can act as a cure for depression. It is incredible for not only the body, but for the mind and spirit as well. You will find that running leaves you energised and more focused; allowing you to enjoy life as a whole.

  1. Stress Eliminator

Stress can cause a number of health problems which nobody wants do they? Stress can have an impact on your brain and mood. It can also cause a loss of appetite which can result in dramatic weight loss due to not eating or drinking properly. Stress can have a negative result on sleep; causing sleeplessness and insomnia at times which is not very good for the body as whole. One way of eliminating stress is getting out into the open and getting some fresh air. When you run your body becomes more awake and alert; pushing away that unwanted stress and those negative thoughts circling in your mind. By running and washing away stressful thoughts, one also pushes away any chances of suffering from headaches which can lead to migraines. So, if you for any reason are feeling stressed; if work, a relationship or even your social circle is getting the better of you and you just want to get away from it all, what better way to deal with it than taking yourself out of your front door for a stress free run?

  1. Boosts Your Confidence

Not all of the benefits of running are physical. Running can provide a boost to an individual’s self esteem and raise their confidence levels. By setting yourself running goals, you can help give yourself a sense of empowerment that will leave you much happier and confident as a whole. If you feel uncomfortable exercising at the gym in front of other people, why not take yourself out for a run? When you run outside of a room or the gym, your mind and body becomes aware of the public eye; giving you more confidence to perform an exercise in front of others. It is always vital to face your fears; even if that fear is not feeling confident enough to run in front of others. Push away that negativity and feel confident in your body and take yourself out for that eye opening run.
There you have it.
Hopefully I’ve changed a few minds about running and the beauty of it. Health is important and so is a long and happy life. What better way to accomplish both than going out for a run?
It is time to get out of your comfort zone and begin that running journey today for a better tomorrow!


Seasonal ÒRÉ blog contributor.

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