What are the benefits of running? For most people the first thing that springs to mind might be weight loss, increased strength or perhaps just being better at climbing the staircase! In fact, there are many benefits of running regularly, both for your physical health and mental health. Here are just 8 to get you going...
1. Improved Mental Health and Mood
Running causes your body to release “feel good” chemicals which can help overcome depression, anxiety and bipolar.
2. Lose Weight
When running your body can burn up to 800 calories per hour. Unlike a diet you hate you’ll actually want to stick at it too.
3. Reduce the Effects of Diabetes
Running regularly can help maintain a healthy blood sugar and reduce resitance to insulin.
4. Lessen Effects of Asthma
Running helps strenghten lungs and bronchi. Start slowly and gradually increase your running to feel the benefits.
5. Prevent High Blood Pressure
Running causes your arteries to expand and contract, this helps your arteries to stay fit and maintain healthy blood pressure.
6. Work Towards and Accomplish Goals
Setting yourself healthy goals to work towards can add purpose to your life and a sense of accomplishment will be achieved through reaching them.
7. More Willpower to Eat and Drink Healthy
You’ll find yourself being more sensible about what fuel you put in to your body and you’ll actually want to eat good food and hydrate properly.
8. Feel In Control
Running to a regular schedule allows you to take control of your own life, making friends and improving self-image in the process.
Have we missed any key ones? Share yours in the comments below and definitely share this article on social media with your friends that will find it useful!