4 Health Benefits of Running You Probably Don't Know About

Lazar Angelov
Lazar Angelov
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If running is already a part of your regular workout routine, good for you! If you’re not sure whether it is right for you, though, then hopefully by the time you’re done with this article, you’ll join the ranks of running enthusiasts!

What is great about running is that of all the exercises out there, it is probably the cheapest and easiest to perform. All you need is a pair of sneakers, a tracksuit, a bottle of water and maybe some good music in your ears. You’re ready to go!  

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Not only is it great fun to run, it’s also very beneficial to our health and wellbeing. In this article, we share with you four amazing health benefits of running, and some might surprise you. So we hope, if you’re not sure about running, these reasons will be enough to convince you. Enjoy!

Health Benefits of Running

1. Running Helps with Anxiety and Depression

One of the key medical issues in today’s world is mental health. Various forms of depression and anxiety now plague more people than ever. With our ridiculously busy, highly demanding lifestyle, this is not that much of a surprise. Running, interestingly enough, is an effective way to fight depression and anxiety.

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When we run, our body’s circulatory system is stimulated, meaning that the brain, tissues and vital organs get more oxygen. This enables the body to function properly, and as a result, it releases serotonin, a hormone that boosts our mood. So if you want to feel a bit happier, go for a run!

2. Running Increases Brain Power

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This may come as a surprise, but running can enhance intuitive, cognitive and intellectual abilities. This happens because the increased blood flow provides the brain with plenty of oxygen, and the release of endorphins, among other hormones, boosts brainpower and memory. Running also makes us more resilient to mental disorders, like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Another reason to put these running shoes on!

3. Running Can Improve Social Life

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Improved mood and well being, resulted from regular running, definitely contribute to a more positive outlook on life. This makes us less edgy and grouchy, and generally a nice person to be around. And don’t forget to take a friend (or your crush?) along for the run!

4. Running Improves Physical Health

That’s an obvious one. It is a well-known known fact, that runners are generally healthier than people with sedentary lifestyles. This is because when we run, our entire body, including cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, neurological and circulatory systems, is stimulated. Running protects us from a myriad of health issues, and here are just a few of them:

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  • Osteoporosis, or brittle bone disease. Running helps build up the bone density so that you are less likely to fracture and break your bones.
  • Shortness of breath. With running you can improve your breathing by increasing the capacity of your lungs.
  • Weak immune system. Running strengthens your immune system, so your that body can better ward-off ailments.
  • Obesity. With running you get to shed excess body fat, as you burn a tremendous number of calories.

Conclusion

There are numerous great exercises out there, and you should definitely try different things. But very few of them can give your entire body a proper workout quite like running. That’s it! No more talking. It’s running time!

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