5 Health Benefits of Running That’ll Motivate you to Get Started

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A lot of people out there are aware of the health benefits of exercise, a healthy lifestyle and more importantly, running. But sometimes these benefits are just there at the back of our minds and we do not realise how running can change our lives for the better.

As a pro athlete and passionate runner, I can honestly say that I have experienced these health benefits myself. It is my mission to get as many people as possible started and living better, balanced and healthier lives.

Join me as I highlight the crucial benefits you can expect experiencing when you start running.

Keeps the Brain Active

Not only does running benefit you right now, it will do so in the long run. We all know how great and alert we feel after a 30-minute workout. Recently studies have actually proven that running can improve memory, and combat any other diseases that comes with aging.

Increases Mental Health

The runner’s high is no myth, and if you’ve run before, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Any type of exercise can have a positive effect on our mental wellbeing, in fact, studies have shown that after a 30-minute workout there is a notable increase in serotonin. Running is therefore great for those who suffer from mental illnesses like depression.

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Great for Weight Loss

Perhaps an obvious benefit and the reason why many of us start exercising, it remains a notable benefit. Not only will you burn calories and lose weight, but it will be much easier for you to maintain a healthy weight once you’ve started running. The best part is you don’t have to train for marathons to maintain a healthy weight, just a regular run will do!

Great for Joints

Contrary to popular belief, running is actually great for your knees and other joints! In fact, running can actually increase your bone mass, which means you’ll have a smaller chance of developing osteoarthritis and other age-related illnesses.

You’ll Live Longer

Did you know that any form of exercise can actually add some years to your life? Running at least 5 days a week has shown to increase the life expectancy of smokers and cancer patients. If those with health issues can expect about 2 years added to their lives, just imagine the benefits for healthy folks!

Reduces Risk of Cancer

I’m not saying that running can cure cancer, or prevent it altogether, but it definitely reduces the risk. Multiple studies conducted proved that running and regular exercise can actually reduce the risk of multiple types of cancers. It can also have a positive effect on your quality of life if you are an existing cancer patient.

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As you can see, there are loads of health benefits of running. You really don’t have any excuses, so get off the couch and get started today! Your family, friends and body will thank you for it. Need some more tips? Contact me with any of your running or sports questions and I’ll provide the answers and support you need.

The Top 7 Sports for a Healthy and Fit Lifestyle

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Are you considering joining a new sports club or want to start living a healthier lifestyle? While it can be difficult to start out, the rewards of expanding your sporting horizons is endless. Not only will you up your game and be more fit, you will meet new people and broaden your social circle too.

In this post I discuss seven sports worth looking into if you want to try something different or new.


Running regularly has many health benefits. And it is not a sport that is restrictive, you can start running at any age and still get the same benefits. Start by running 20 minutes a day, 3 times a week, and you’ll soon discover the wonders of running. Beginners can alternate between walking and running, and work their way towards running without breaks.

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Known as one of the greatest aerobic activities, an hour game of tennis can burn up to 500 calories. For a full body workout, nothing beats a couple of tennis games a week. It’s also a social and competitive sport that requires quick thinking, sprints and a whole lot of energy.


Swimming is considered as one of the best overall workouts you can get. While you don’t have to swim competitively, going for a swim a couple of times a week will do you wonders. It burns calories, builds muscles and you won’t get out of breath necessarily. The upside is you can do it any time of the year.

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While you may have to cough up a small amount for a decent bicycle, it will be well worth it. Cycling is a fantastic low-impact exercise, and you get to cycle with a group of fellow cyclists which makes the activity way more fun and social. You can join a class and work your way up from there.


Did you know that squash is rated as the number 1 sport for health by Forbes? There are loads of health benefits, including improved hand-eye coordination, increased flexibility and strength development. It’s also a social sport, all you have to do is get your racket and join your local squash club.


Rowing is another low-impact sport which offers endless health benefits. You can either join your local gym and use their rowing machines, buy your own and exercise from home, or take to the rivers or lakes. Expect a healthy weight and increased muscle strength once you’ve got the hang of it.

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Last up we’ve got volleyball. Participating in a friendly game can burn quite a lot of calories, increase your agility and metabolic rate to name but a few benefits. You also don’t have to play competitively to benefit from the sport either. Many indoor gyms offer volleyball as a workout.

Are you ready to try out one of these amazing sports? You won’t regret it, I promise! If you have any questions about sports or running specifically, be sure to contact me. I love helping fellow athletes or newbies out with some tips and advice.