Updated on April 25, 2019
Do you want to improve your health? A good looking body? And break your daily routine?
Running offers all that, and some more. This is not an advertisement. Running is one of fastest, sweaty ways to get your health and body in shape in a relatively short time.
Our ancestors used to run their prey to exhaustion, that’s how humans used to hunt and escape from hunters. Truly, you were born to run. Running is natural; it doesn’t require fancy equipment or expensive gym membership. All you need is a good pair of shoes, and you are ready to go.
What are the health benefits of running? Plenty, here are some of them:
Decrease Risk of Colon and Breast Cancers
What do running and apples have in common? They keep the doctor away. Runners are the last people to contract colon cancer. For women, intense workouts such as running can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer by at least 30 percent.
Running Boosts Metabolism
The primary form of running is taking laps around some track. However, the real secret to running is doing interval training, which helps improve metabolism and rev cardiovascular fitness. Studies show that runners who do intervals enjoy running more than the average runner, and they are less likely to quit.
Add More Years to Your Life
Runners are more active and have fewer disabilities than those who spend too much time on the couch. They live longer too, and even if old age prevents you from running, the years you invested in running when you were young will pay off over the long term.
Lose Excessive Weight
For a 160-pound and above person, running not lifting is the best route to lose the extra weight. It can burn more than 850 calories in an hour.
Not only having a flat belly would step up your confidence in bed, but consistent exercise can and will raise your flexibility between the sheets. It also helps increase your libido because of the increased blood flow in your body. And we all know the health benefits of sex.
Running is a proven method to keep a sharp, acute mind. Running more often also help alleviate symptoms of dementia and guard the brain against Alzheimer’s, even if you inherited the faulty genes from your family.
Evidently, a healthy amount of sweating can and will flush the filth that clogs your pores consequently prevent breakouts. Moreover, a good sweating session can also help the skin produce more of that fresh, natural oils, which keeps your skin glowingly firm. Remember: just like you remove makeup before sleep, remove it before working out too. Avoid breakouts by washing\showering shortly after a good run.
Develop a Positive Body Image
Do you want rational reasons to wear your shoes and run? Runners who run in nature have a better view than those who choose the dread mill with bland, artificial scenes in front of them. Therefore, the outside runners have an above average self-esteem after finishing their workout, which improves immunity.
Runners can easily adapt to regular sleep patterns, which leads to better performance as well. What’s more, running stimulates high-quality sleep, which translates into deep, healing sleep at night. So, if you’re struggling with establishing a normal sleep routine, running might be the answer you were looking for.
It takes only one hour of running a week to reduce your risk of heart disease by nearly half compared to not running. For runners who are already meeting the recommended physical activity guidelines (150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every week), the extra effort put in exercise can lessen the risk of heart disease even more. (Just remember not to overdo it and hurt instead of help yourself.) Less is more, too much is too much.
Run Away from Stress
Wait, before you pull your hair out consider going for a run. Instead of running to YouTube, watching funny cat videos for hours, try actually running to your health. Running increase the brain’s serotonin levels without any drugs, or mind-numbing binge video viewing. In fact, Regular exercise will reshape the brain, making you peaceful and immune to stress.
Running frequently will build up your stamina, like a snowball, the more you run, and the more it becomes delightful and productive. The increased strength will not only benefit you on the track, but it will also help in work and other areas as well.