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The health benefits of running

03 January, 2015 0 comments

The Health Benefits of Running

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The health benefits of running

Are you thinking of getting in shape ready for your summer holiday, but not sure what to do or where to start.

Have you ever thought about running?

Running is a cheap and easy way to get fit and healthy. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and off you go.

There are many health benefits to running that you may not realise; here are our benefits of why you should make running your number one sport.

Live long and prosper

By running regularly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can improve your lifestyle.

By taking advantage of the healthy benefits you can increase your lifespan and give yourself a new lease of life.

Prevent and lower the effects of depression

Running is the best medicine for depression. Also referred to as runner high, regular runners have been known to describe their jogging experience as feelings of elation and harmony etc.

A study was carried out in 2006 where researchers discovered that if you exercised on a treadmill for about 30 minutes, it could lift someone’s mood.

Boost your confidence and self-esteem

By setting and achieving your goals, you will get a great sense of achievement. This will help you boost your confidence.

Research shows that those who regularly incorporate jogging into their schedule are a lot happier in their lifestyle. This can lead to a boost in self-esteem.

Keeps your skin healthy

Say goodbye to bad skin, as running up a sweat can rid you of blackheads and spots. A solid sweat session can also boost natural oils, leaving you with a natural glow.

Improves your body

By running approximately 3 times a week for 30 minutes per time, you will be building stronger bones, improving flexibility, posture and balance.  It will also help improve your circulation.

Building stronger bones is particularly good for teenagers because their bones are still growing. In adults it can help slow down the natural loss of bone density that happens as you get older.

You will also feel better about yourself therefore boosting your self-esteem.

Reduces your risk of diseases

Research shows that those women who do an intense workout can reduce their risk of breast cancer by 30%.

Running also reduces your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, angina and many more

Another healthy benefit of running is that it can boost your memory which can help slow down the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia

Give yourself a good night sleep

By wearing yourself out you will be ready for bed and be able to throw yourself into a deeper sleep meaning that you should feel nice and refreshed when you wake up.

By taking an activity such as running or jogging you are creating more energy, which can help reduce fatigue.

Maintain a healthy weight

Running is a great way to lose weight because you are burning off calories when you run and also extra calories for up to another 12 hours after your jogging session. Also known as after burn.

If you do 30 minute of running at a 10 minute pace and you weigh roughly around 60kg you can burn up to an average of 300 calories.

Jogging with a friend

If you are out jogging with your friends, you are more likely to keep going and continue to receive the healthy benefits of running.  It will also help you keep up the pace, making your health benefits more effective. You and your friends will also motivate you to ensure you do not quit.

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