Running is considered to be one of the most healthiest and efficient forms of exercise. Each person has their own reasons for running; a different purpose that they intend to serve through running. A lot of people like to go to the gym, with all their advanced weight and strength training and equipments. They want to build stamina, shed fat and burn calories or to simply enhance their overall health. However, there are certain benefits that are specific to running. From aesthetic to mental benefits, running offers a lot perks. It’s not just a great way to stay in shape, but more importantly, it’s an exercise that is beneficial for almost every part of our bodies along with lifting our mood.
MAKES US FEEL HAPPIER:
No matter what mood we’re in, or how good or bad we feel, running exercises have a tendency to uplift our mood. It’s one the best ways to channel all the negative energy, anger, frustration, or any other emotion that we may be feeling, as it functions as an efficient outlet. It goes way beyond the “runners high” that people talk about. Running releases in our bodies certain feel-good hormones called “endocannabinoids”. Several studies suggest that even as little as 30 minutes of jogging or running, has the capacity to swiftly transform our mood, especially for someone suffering from severe depressive disorders, or anxiety disorders. A study conducted in 2012 suggested that just about 30 minutes of running during the week for three weeks consecutively helps boost the quality of sleep and a positive change in mood.
KEEPS US FIT:
Running offers many cardiovascular perks. It’s a known fact that running burns calories, but did you know that you burn calories even after you have stopped running? It’s almost like getting paid after retirement. In scientific terms this called “EPOC”- Excess Post Oxygen Consumption . It is not essentially necessary to be sprinting at the speed of light to experience this benefit. This is achievable even when we’re running maybe just a little bit faster than our easy pace. Running is one of the best kinds of workouts for losing or maintaining a consistent level of weight along with refining body composition. Several studies reveal that a person of average weight is tend to burn approximately 100 calories for every one mile they run. Different intervals and different paces are selected depending on the health and fitness levels and/or requirements of the individuals. The key is to remain consistent and gradually increase their speed and the distance that the person is covering.
STRENGTHENS OUR BONES:
Running helps increase bone mass and prevents age-related bone loss. Despite people believing that running has a bad impact on the knees, science suggests otherwise. Studies show that running actually improves knee health. In these studies, people with knee arthritis didn’t seem to have much of a previous history of running. As a matter of fact, evidence suggests that the chances of runners developing arthritis in their joints are very few compared to the non-runners. Running actually helps develop muscle and bone strength which in turn helps in the prevention of osteoarthritis.
BETTER HEALTH IN LATER YEARS OF LIFE:
Running not only has short term benefits, but it also prepares our body for the later years of life. They say running increases our chances of living a longer life. A study from the Archives of Internal Medicine suggested that aged people who ran on a daily basis were about 50% less likely to experience a premature death from diseases such as cancer in comparison to non-runners. The aged runners who were part of the study were also discovered to have healthier and stronger joints, and their chances of suffering from neurological disorders were fewer compared to their less active peers. This is because running acts as a shield against the effects of ageing on the brain. According to a research conducted by scientists, the brain scans of the physically active elderly test subjects showed a lower rate of brain shrinkage and cognitive decline. Running also helps cut down the risk of a heart attack as it assists the arteries in maintaining their elasticity, and strengthens the heart.
Nothing promises a fit body, a positive outlook, and the perfect stress relief like running does. This may sound like an advertisement but we assure you, it is not. Running is genuinely one of the best full body, calorie blasting workouts ever. It can be done anywhere, on the treadmill, or in a park, on the roads, in the hills, at the beach; basically just about anywhere. You can also end up saving on a lot of cash, instead of spending it all on a pricey gym membership with fancy equipment. All you need for running is the right pair of shoes.
Now, we’ve talked about all the physical benefits that running offers. However, there are certain intangible benefits that make people want to indulge in this activity. For some, running is a kind of meditation; it gives them a natural high, with the exhilarating excitement and lack of anxiety that running offers. This excitement is triggered by that part of the brain that the THC in marijuana has an effect on.
As much as meditation is centred around breathing, so is running. It helps clear our mind, calms us down and helps release all that stress after a long, hard day. Some do it for the thrill, the rush, the burn in their muscles after they’ve pushed themselves to the limit, the feeling of accomplishment. In conclusion, running is the best. Do it.