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.
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.