Health Benefits of Running

Most people think that running is only associated with getting their body into shape. Well, this is not only the case as running also offers undeniable health benefits to your body. Science proves that regular exercise, running, in particular, provides health benefits that extend beyond the pill prescribed by your doctor. Running at some point feels like a burden especially when you do it alone. Well, try to get into local running groups or events near you as avenues for you to run together with health-minded folks. The next time you think of skipping a run, think of these health benefits of running.


Reduces the Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases

Running is the ultimate king of cardio. Running at slow speeds even for five to ten minutes drastically reduces the risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases. Also, every time you run you decrease the resting heart rate, which means that your heart does not have to work too hard.

Helps to Fight Depression & Relieves Stress

Depression can affect people of all ages. It is a serious issue that may lead to severe health conditions. Studies show that running stimulates the release of a feel-good hormone known as serotonin. This hormone acts as psychotherapy in treating depression. Running also relieves stress. It does this by improving your mood, flushes out unwanted toxins, and is an excellent way to eliminate negative thoughts.

Burns Down Extra Calories


Running torches down calories. A lot of fuel (calories) is required when running. In fact, running a ten-minute mile burns about 12.2calories per minute. That is on flat terrain. Running in hilly areas burns even more calories. The bonus of running is that when you are done, the burn of calories continues. It is known as “afterburn” which is the number of calories burned after running.

Strengthens Your Joints

When you run, you exercise almost every bone in your body. The body joints that mostly feel the impact are the knees. Studies even show that running reduces the risk of suffering from osteoarthritis. When you run, you put stress on bones same to the muscles. In turn, it causes them to spring back stronger than before. There it is, you have strong joints. Running typically has significant bone-building benefit to the body.

Running Retards Aging

If you are worried about “losing it,” then running is a perfect choice for you. Running slows down the rate of aging of some bones. It is because it stimulates the release of the human growth hormone. Running typically maintains your shape; you will hit fifty but still look like a twenty-year-old.

Stimulates the Brain

Running elevates your mood which gets you high without any drug as it stimulates the reward receptors in the brain. Running also triggers brain cell growth in the hippocampus. It is the part of the brain responsible for memory. Running also develops the part of the brain, which controls coordination.

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The Health Needs of The Society at Large

Did you know that a healthy society means prosperity for the individual, the nation, and the world as well? If the society can face and defeat all the health challenges, then the world would be the best place to be in. But until then the world will always be plagued with diseases, poverty, malnutrition, and wanting health care. With that in mind, let us try to understand the health needs of the society at large.

Available and affordable health care

Health careGood health care is the key to a prosperous society (you will never see a healthy nation if its society is grappling with health challenges). It should be readily available and affordable to all. It is sad that in some societies, only the rich can afford proper medical and health attention. The masses are left to struggle on their own. Health care should be not only available but also affordable for everyone in the society; that is the right step forward.

Proper nutrition

The society cannot be healthy on an empty stomach. It should be well fed at all times. And it is not just anything to fill their bellies, it should be a balanced diet. The most developed societies have their masses fed and fed well for that matter. That is why their health score is always on the top.

Fresh and safe water

Water is necessary to the health of the society. It is unfortunate that some societies do not have access to reliable and safe water for drinking. It is the time that water is made universally available. With safe and clean water, many diseases would not be of any concern. Look at the societies that have been able to overcome the water challenge, and you will notice that their health score is better.

Proactive maternal care

pregnantThere would be no society without continuity. Maternal care is of great importance to the society’s continuity. Both mothers and their babies should be able to live without fear of diseases during their most vulnerable moments. This should be provided not only during conception but at all times.

Health education

If there is one great way to empower the society regarding health, it is by providing relevant education. With health knowledge, the society is empowered and can take the necessary steps to ensure that everyone is healthy. With this health education available to every individual in the society, no challenge would not be defeated.

Parameters to measure health score

health measureIt would be in vain to invest so much in societal health without a proper way to measure its success. A healthy society should be able to know when it is doing well and when it is not. Therefore, parameters to measure the level of success or failure should be included as part of the needs of the society’s health.

The health of the society at large cannot be emphasized enough. It is what keeps individuals, as well as the entire world, going. It is the time that society’s health is given precedence to anything else. If this could be achieved, the world would be the best place to live.