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.