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What are the benefits of running?

Thinking you are not a runner because your stamina breaks down while running is common for most people who do not work out or actively run. Probably, wondering what can be the benefits of running. There are many reasons to go running; once you learn about them, you’ll surely want to consider them. Not a big deal if you are not a runner; you may start with walking and gradually, over time, move to running. People who are active or work out regularly swiftly move to jog in the initial days. However, there is nothing that you should be disappointed about, as slow and steady always wins the race.

Some benefits of running are:

Improves your heart health

If you’ve ran to catch a bus or for any other reason, you might have seen yourself catching a breath afterward. It is no surprise that running works for your cardiovascular health. Your heart rate increases as you run to pump more blood to your working muscles. Over time with consistent running, your heart and lungs adapt. Your heart becomes stronger, pumps more blood, and your lungs become more powerful and capable of taking in more air per breath. As your cardiovascular efficiency improves, you can run faster with less effort.

Builds muscular strength

For some, running is appealing because it doesn’t cost anything and can be done alone. Some like to participate in marathons or other athletic races. If you eat healthy with enough calories and proteins for support, running can help build muscle and increase strength in your legs, arms, and core.

Reduces the risk of many chronic diseases

Blood pressure can trigger heart attacks, stroke, vision loss, and other health issues. Medication can help, but running can help too. Research suggests that regular running can help improve your body’s ability to control blood glucose, reduce inflammation and lower your risk of cancer, diabetes, and respiratory diseases.

Increases your lifespan

Death is an inevitable part of life; however, research suggests that runners have about 25-30% lower risk of all-cause mortality, and consistent running can increase almost three years of life expectancy.

Helps build healthy habits

Research suggests that once you start running, you are more likely to make lifestyle changes, such as nutrition, exercise, and sleep. If you become a regular runner, you are likely to be motivated to work it around your schedule by getting up early morning, so sleeping early at night, or in some cases, going in the evening, then probably sleeping later at night. With these changes, you will likely experience positive behaviors in your life.

Improves your mood

As mentioned earlier, it is likely to inculcate some healthy habits that can bring positive changes in your life. It can help you think positively, improve your energy levels and quality of life, better stress management or coping skills, and more.

Relieves stress

Stress causes several health problems and mood problems. It can also diminish appetite and sleep quality. While running, you exert your body and reduce your chances of developing tension headaches.