Benefits of running

If you are a runner, you know that running has changed your life. Generally, it is not just an activity or exercise, it is a way of life. While the benefits are numerous, – and today I want to share some of them with you. Besides, I am a proud runner and I will always be.
Overall mental health.
Runners are happy people. We have got that runner high thing going for us. Just do not make us unhappy by canceling a race that we have trained months and months for. That is one way to turn a runner’s smile upside down.

Strengthens your lungs.

Runners have increased lung capacity from jogging mile after mile. Those strong lungs come in handy if you ever find yourself on the other side of race as a spectator. A runner’s WOOHOO! is loud and proud.

Helps prevent high blood pressure.
Your arteries expand and contract while running helping to keep your arteries fit which in turn keeps your blood pressure in a normal range. That is until you find out that your favorite running shoe has been discontinued. Nothing is harder to replace than a beloved running shoe!

Strengthens immune system.
Regular running builds up your tolerance to germs which results in fewer minor illnesses. That is unless you are training for a marathon. Then you will be sick all the time.

Weight control.
Running burns mega-calories. However, it makes you mega-hungry, especially if you are training for long distances.  Running does not give you a pass to eat all the food, all the time.

Physically strong legs.
Runner’s legs are a powerhouse. They move you from point A to B. They carry you up and down hills. They know how to put it into high gear at the track. They also will have a hard time fitting into skinny jeans when you are in the thick of marathon training.

Relieves stress.
Running boasts the brain’s serotonin levels which make you calmer and more relaxed. Who said you can not run away from your problems?

Increased bone density.
Running stresses your bones. Essential minerals are sent to the bones when under stress, which makes them stronger. However, running does not make you unbreakable. You still can break a bone by thinking you can jump a 10-foot high fence.

Increased joint strength and stability.
Running increases the strength of your ligaments and tendons. You will find your joints will be able to withstand more mileage and more uneven terrain. Hence, that does not mean you will never sprain your ankle again while trail running., it just may mean four weeks on crutches versus eight weeks if you did not run.

Increased confidence. Once you start running, your confidence begins to grow. You will feel more in control of your life and your body. You will even begin to think you look good in spandex tights.

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To sum up;  RUN BIITCHES, RUN! lol.

Big hugs ❤

 

 

3 thoughts on “Benefits of running

  1. i have periods where i get really into running and really enjoy it but then i have to stop because it is harsh on my knees, back and my shins ! i get this weird pain in my shins so i have to stop running. its so so frustrating ! i cant seem to stick to it because of the pain. do you have any tips ?? xxx

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    1. I struggle with the same thing, I have just recently recovered from shin splints so I know how painful it can be! I am so sorry to hear that you are in pain, but I can insure that there is a way to cope with it. You may not get rid of it a 100%, but it sure helps a lot. What works for me when I am in periods of pain is regular yoga, stretching, massaging the area that is painful (I can write a post on how, if that sounds interesting?), make sure to not go too hard too soon, take it easy and slowly when you start running after a period off so that your legs do not get overburdened. Also, variety is your best friend, when it comes to this problem. Include strength training in your workout routine to strengthen the problem area, you can also take one or two days where you just walk for an hour and take it easy. Lastly, listen to your body! If you feel a little bit of pain, make sure to give your feet a break and/or vary your excercise.
      Hope you found this helpful ❤ Best wishes and good luck! 🙂

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