Some Overlooked BENEFITS of Running

May 15th, 2015

Whether you are a very passionate marathon runner or just a guy who likes running once or twice every month, you should most probably already know that the running exercise does bring with it a huge baggage of awesome advantages. It might not be a highly thrilling or captivating sport like football, soccer or basketball but running has a whole set of fantastic benefits that can really set it apart.

  1. Health!

Well, this one is quite self-explanatory really!! There are just so many health benefits that somebody can think of and here are just a few of them:

–          Promote the constant and efficient flow of blood along the blood vessels of your body which can consequently reduce the risk of diseases such as heart attack. Running is good for your heart and lungs.

–          It is a great stress-reliever. There’s a term in the running community called the “runner’s high”. Basically, it is that state of mind which can be described as calm and euphoric especially after somebody has done a long run. This feeling can help release some stress in people and it has been documented that running can also relieve some mild depressions.

–          Your fitness will obviously improve and once you start running more on a regular basis, so will your stamina.

–          There has also been some researches that showed that running can affect one’s mood. Just like many other sports actually, it has been showed that people who exercise regularly are more likely to be happy in general than people who don’t. And obviously, being happy usually brings about more health benefits than those who are not.

  1. Weight loss!

This is without any doubts one of the most popular reasons as to why many people decides to start running. Because they want to lose weight.

Running not only increases one’s overall muscles mass but it will also give a kick to your resting metabolism which means that you will be burning calories even while resting. It will keep your metabolism working for much longer period of time. Also a 160 – 170 pound individual can expect to burn about 100 calories per mile run.

  1. It can be fun!

Well yeah…. It’s just as simple as that. Many people really enjoy running and cannot imagine not having it as part of their lives. It might sound unbelievable to some but it is indeed the case. Running is simply an important part of their lives and it would be very hard to imagine not having it as part of their lifestyle.

And like I’ve mentioned above, there’s also that “runner’s high” that many people like experiencing, especially people who are usually very stressed.

  1. Some social advantages!

This might be an unexpected argument for those promoting the sport of running but it is actually very true. Being a regular runner will eventually get you involve in some running communities and you might even end up joining a club.

This will consequently allow you to meet not only other runners but also other like-minded people. You’ll be meeting more and more people and soon enough, before you know it, you’ll be training with many of them. Many people do not hesitate to travel very long distances with their running friends so as to participate in international competitions or other similar events.

As you can see running has some great advantages that you simply cannot overlook. If you were still hesitant about whether or not to start running on a more regular basis, I hope you have now made up your mind. If you never used to run before, then you should definitely start slowly maybe something like; only once a week and not running for too long as well.