Five Benefits of Running
There are numerous physical and mental benefits of running, below we have outlined some of the best ones to inspire you to get your trainers on and go for a run. It definitely helps that the weather is improving, making it the perfect time to take up running and make the most of the sunshine.
1. Physical health benefits
Cardiovascular, aerobic exercise is fantastically beneficial for a number of different health concerns, as most people know. Regular exercise and getting your heart-rate up can make you live longer, improve your blood pressure, reduce your risk of diabetes, and of course give you a stronger bones and muscles, including your heart and lungs.
2. Mental health benefits
Not just your body but your mind can benefit from running too. Regular runners report having a better mood throughout the day, better sleep at night and less day-to-day stress. This in turn makes it a great tool for overcoming depression and other mental-health issues, in fact it’s great for pretty much every aspect of your health.
3. Enhanced brain function
Going for a run can cause your concentration to improve, this makes it ideal for office-workers who struggle to get into the flow of things Monday and have tuned out by Friday. Maximise your concentration with the increased blood flow to your brain from running. Studies have even found short-term cardiovascular exercise can reduce effects of learning disabilities in children, improving their ability to concentrate and learn in school, so why not get the little ones involved too.
4. The ease and cost
One of the main appeals of running as a form of exercise is that it’s the easiest thing to do. Obviously it’s not easy to run a marathon or even a 5k for the average newbie-runner, but it’s super easy to start, even though you may find it tough to get into the routine or flow. Getting a pair of trainers on and running around the block is free, requires no training or equipment and can be done while listening to your favourite tunes or audiobook.
5. The Running Community
There’s a huge running community all over the world, it’s relatively easy to find a local running club, people of all abilities who are looking for others to run with. One of the great things about running is that almost anyone can do it, if you can’t take your partner, friends or family, head online or even to your local park and you’re sure to find like-minded running fans. There are also some great apps that help measure your progress, making sure that beating your best time is a fantastic feeling of achievement.
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