Health Benefits Of Running
There is no doubt that exercising is good for you. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do at least 30 minutes every day. If you are a busy person (and most of us are) then finding 30 minutes can be a challenge, so, make them count. We found that running is the best use of that window of time. Read below to check out other health benefits of running.
Reduces Heart Disease
Running is a cardio exercise. Running drastically reduces the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, even if done at short intervals. Research shows that even as little as five to 10 minutes a day, will improve your chances compared to non-runners.
Lose Weight and Get Fit
You know that exercises burns calories while you’re working out. A person of average weight burns about 100 calories in a mile of running and continues to burn after they stop. This afterburn (scientifically known as EPOC — Excess Post Oxygen). You don’t have to go overboard and run at your maximum pace, an easy pace will do just fine. Running makes you hungry, so remember not to eat a cheeseburger afterwards. If you do, you will put on all the calories you just burned. Stick to a banana or protein shake for a good post-workout snack. Eating well is part of losing weight. If you don’t you may need to take supplements to help you out. Check out our recommendation on Authority Reports.
Strengthens Joints and Bones
Contrary to popular belief, runners are not in danger of developing osteoarthritis or damage to your knees. In fact, every time you go running and pound the pavement, you stress your bones, cartilage and muscles, causing them to spring back stronger. Moreover, running strengthens your knees, joints and increases bone mass, and even helps stem age-related bone loss.
Builds Your Core
Running works not only your lower extremities (your inner and outer thighs, your gluteus maximus, quads, hamstrings, and calves) but builds killer abs! Not only do your six-pack rectus abdominis strengthen but also the deeper core muscles including your obliques, erector spinae, pelvic floor muscles, transversus abdominis, multifidus and the diaphragm, which are responsible for providing better balance and stability.
It is Convenient
No time to go to the gym? Away on business? No excuses. Whatever your workout constraints, you can always run. Go for a short run before heading to work, or take a jog around the block during your lunch hour. You will feel better, more energized and focused.
Running acts as a form of meditation. It’s you and the road or treadmill (if you’re running indoors). While you run, you can go inside yourself and figure things out. It may be a stressful project at work, or something else that is on your mind. Whatever is bothering you will soon be a thing of the past.
Running adds years to your life. Research shows that even if you meet just the minimum of amount of daily physical activity, you’ll live longer. So, no more groaning and no more excuses. Go for a run now!