Benefits of Running | Why We Should Run?

Benefits of Running | Why We Should Run?

-Running Is Good for Your Heart
Running is the king of cardio. Running even five to 10 minutes a day, at slow speeds (how does a nice 12-minute mile sound to you?) is associated with a drastically reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

-Runner’s High Is Real
When you run, your brain pumps out two powerful feel-good chemicals, endorphins and endocannabinoids, explains Justice. The latter sounds a lot like cannabis, right? That’s for a reason. Chemically, the endocannabinoids your body produces during a run aren’t all that different from marijuana’s mood-altering chemical, THC. The most studied mid-run endocannabinoid, called anandamide, was actually discovered when scientists were trying to figure out how pot gets people lit.

-Running Strengthens Your Joints
Running doesn’t up the risk of osteoarthritis—even people who cover 26.2 miles on the regular. In fact, the study showed runners were half as likely to suffer from knee osteoarthritis compared with walkers. Every time you pound the pavement, you stress your bones and cartilage, just like your muscles, causing them to spring back stronger. Low-impact exercises like walking, spinning or swimming don’t have the same bone-building benefits of running.

-Running Torches Serious Calories
Running requires a lot of fuel (aka calories). In fact, the average 150-pound person will burn about 12.2 calories. And that’s the body benefit of running on flat terrain. Head outside where wind and hills up your effort and you can expect to burn even more.

-Running Is a Killer Leg Workout
Your body’s biggest muscles are all in your legs, and running is advantageous to all of them: your inner and outer thighs, your gluteus maximus, quads, hamstrings, and calves, Justice says. It’s like a dozen leg workouts in one.

-Running Works Your Core Like Whoa
The lower body isn’t the only part of you that feels the benefits of running. It’s a core-carver, challenging not only your six-pack rectus abdominis, but also the deeper core muscles, including your obliques, erector spinae, and transverse abdominis. Those deep muscles play important roles stabilizing your spine, transferring power between your swinging arms and legs and sucking in your gut.

-You Can Always Fit It In
Traveling for work? Don’t belong to a gym? Have only 10 minutes to work out? Whatever your workout constraints, you can still run. And remember: The best workout is the one you’ll actually do.

-Runners Are Awesome
The running community is a strong one and the community benefits of running are often immeasurable. Whether you join a running club or a charity’s running team, or just take a look around during your first 10K, you’ll be amazed at all the support and good vibes you get.

-Running Counts As Meditation
“Taking a run-break from a stressful project can help you return feeling refreshed and insightful.” A mounting body of research shows that meditation can boost your gray matter, improve focus, and fight depression and anxiety.

-Running Can Improve Your Memory
Lace up and hit the road, because going for a run can directly affect your brain in the short and long term. the kind that gets your heart rate up and makes you sweat, à la SoulCycle or running can boost the size of your hippocampus. And that’s a good thing (In fact, time on the treadmill may counteract Alzheimer’s symptoms.)

-You Can Do It Right Now
“With running, there’s not much of a ‘learning curve’ like there might be for other fitness activities like group dance classes, Olympic lifting, CrossFit, or yoga,” “Running’s also not as form-dependent as swimming, and because running is a such a natural motion, if you don’t overthink it, your reflexes will just kick in.”

-It Doesn’t Take a Lot to Reap the Benefits of Running
You don’t need to be a marathon runner to reap all these running-related rewards. Instead, running just 50 minutes per week (the equivalent of one six-mile run or two 5Ks) can protect the body from risk for stroke, arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and some cancers.

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