10 Reasons to Start Running

Running has many benefits that will improve your overall health, emotionally, mentally, and especially physically.  Although running isn’t everyone’s chosen choice of workout, its positive effects are definitely worth the run. You will feel better in ways that you didn’t know was possible just by pushing yourself on the treadmill or the track.

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1. Running improves your self-confidence.  You will feel accomplished and good about yourself after your run.  As you keep your exercise up, you’ll not only continue to feel good about yourself because you aren’t sitting down and doing nothing, but your self-confidence will improve because you’ll see results.

2. Running creates natural chemicals called endorphins, also known as “runner’s high.”  Endorphins increase your happiness and euphoria and also help to relieve depression.

3. Running is a great way to alleviate the stress in your life.  It takes your mind off of all of your problems and allows you to focus on your run and goal of weight loss.  The more you run and stay motivated, the more your stress can stay away.

4. Running is a form of cardio workout that allows you to burn fat fast.  Running for 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week will help you shed those pounds and stay fit.  Just remember to maintain a healthy, nutritious diet and your body will respond the way you want it to.

5. Running helps you get a better night sleep.  Don’t work out right before bed because that will increase your heart rate and will not allow you to feel relaxed like you should when you go to sleep.  Instead, work out midday, and you will be able to relieve your stress (which will help you sleep better because nothing will be on your mind), and it will allow you to have used your energy and feel sleepy and in need of a recharge.

6. Running helps build your tolerance each time you workout.  The more you run, the more you will be able to run for longer periods of time and be able to breathe easier during your future workouts.  The higher your tolerance, the more weight you can lose in a shorter period of time.

7. Running helps improve your cardiovascular health by strengthening your heart and reducing your risk of having a heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

8. Running allows you to avoid getting sick easily by helping your immune system fight off diseases, such as colds, pneumonia, and other respiratory-tract infections.

9. Running increases the strength of your bones by increasing bone density, which helps decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis (fragile bones which lead to fractures).

10. Running helps decrease your risk of certain types of cancer, such as colon, breast, lung, and prostate.

Live longer, be happier, and start running.

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