Top 10 Reasons to Run
Have you been interested in getting into running? Have you heard different reasons as to why running is good for you–or maybe why it isn’t? Have no fear–heading out onto the trails, the beach, or the streets to get your heart pumping and legs moving has a number of benefits. Time to get out there!
It doesn’t matter the reason why you start getting into running in the first place. What you’ll come to find is that you’ll gain much more than you could have ever thought of. Here are just a few:
1. It boosts your mood. Running releases endorphins, and studies have shown that these endorphins attach themselves “to areas of the brain associated with emotions, in particular the limbic and prefrontal areas.” The runner’s high you have heard about so much? It’s real. And you can experience it!
2. Your heart and muscles work more efficiently. Running is a cardiorespiratory fitness activity, which is “the ability of your heart to pump stronger and more efficiently and your muscles to use oxygen more efficiently … Running improves your aerobic fitness by increasing the activity of enzymes and hormones that stimulate the muscles and the heart to work more efficiently.”
3. All you need is running shoes. No equipment necessary! Running is one of the most inexpensive ways to get your heart pumping.
4. It can be a social or a solo activity. Need to clear your head? Head out alone. Need to chat with your friend? Grab a buddy or join a running club. You may come to find that you enjoy one more than the other, or find a balance between the two.
5. It strengthens the lungs. Breath is key while running. Research has shown that adding cardio to your workout regimen decreases wheezing and shortness of breath by strengthening the lungs and bronchi.
6. It builds confidence. Have you ever heard people tell you that running is too hard? It’s “bad” for the knees? Or any other reason why you shouldn’t run? Prove them wrong. Find out why running is good for you, not why it’s not for someone else. What you gain builds you up, no matter what someone else says.
7. It is a top calorie burning exercise. Running does burn a lot of calories, and combined with your calorie intake, aids in weight loss.
8. You become a part of the strong and resilient running community. You may have heard some quotes that fall along the lines of how runners instill faith in human nature and the human spirit. Why is this? According to #10, runners learn endurance and perseverance. Go out and watch some people run, and this spirit will skyrocket. The running community is one in which people push and support each other to always do their best and accept their strengths. We are all lucky to be a part of it!
9. Your joints’ strength and stability is enhanced. Running increases the strength of your tendons and ligaments, which as a result, strengthens your joints, avoiding injury to your hips, knees, and ankles.
10. Running builds endurance. Once you start running, you’ll come to find that there are a number of challenging aspects. Sometimes the hardest step is the one out the door. Sometimes its 4 miles in. Sometimes it’s 1 mile in. Whatever it is, the strength you build from getting started and continuing to go allows you to break down any and all barriers in your way. Once you realize that you can move past the pain and the difficulty and keep running, you have no limits.
What are you waiting for?! Grab some running shoes, find a beautiful path, and find out for yourself all that running has to offer!
Tell us: Why do you run? What have you benefited from lacing up yours shoes? We’d love to hear!