There’s no denying that running is hard work. When you get that raw feeling in the back of your throat and you can feel your limbs buzzing and your lungs getting winded, it can be tough to push on. But pushing on has many rewards. Here are some of the reasons I love to run!
Running is Great for General Health.
According to researchers, running just five minutes a day can literally add years to your life. How you ask?
- It may have something to do with the fact that running reduces high blood pressure and prevent cardiovascular disease.
- Or maybe it’s that it reduces your risk of developing certain cancers.
- Could it be that it strengthens your knees and other joints?
All of these great health benefits are backed by comprehensive scientific studies!
Running Works Wonders for Brain Health Too!
Running can help to regulate your mood and your sleep cycles. Additionally, it can help you to hone your mental sharpness and hang onto it as you age.
According to a 2013 study in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, short-term aerobic exercise can boost cognitive function in aging adults. That includes running!
Running boosts blood flow to the hippocampus. This is a brain region which is affected by Alzheimer’s disease. By keeping blood flow healthy in the hippocampus, you may help to prevent Alzheimer’s. I love knowing that my daily run is going to keep my brain working at its best as I get older.
Running Keeps You Thin & Lets You Indulge Yourself at Dinnertime!
Running regularly not only burns more calories when you are running, but burns more calories even when you are sedentary. Your entire metabolism gets a boost.
You don’t even have to be running at top speed to get this benefit. When you burn more calories every day, you can lose weight—and still enjoy your favourite calorie-rich meals and delicious, decadent desserts!
People wonder how I manage to eat like I do and still maintain my weight, and running is the secret ingredient.
Running is Fun and Gives you that Flying High Feeling
You know that amazing feeling of euphoria after you finish a run? Scientists still aren’t sure if the “runner’s high” is the result of increased endorphin production or if it is the result of neurotransmitters being released in higher quantities during exercise. If you’ve experienced a runner’s high before, you know that there are few other feelings in the world that compare.
Just Get Up & Go!
All of these reasons are why I wake up every morning ready to run. Running is a challenge, and in the moment, that exertion can feel draining.
But even a few minutes of running each day can go a long way toward keeping me healthy and happy. It can do the same for you too. If you are thinking about taking up running, go for it!
You don’t have to run far or fast to enjoy all of the amazing benefits. Remember to warm up first, and buy yourself a pair of good running shoes. Don’t overdo it—all things in moderation!