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Top Reasons to Start Running

August 31st, 2011

Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise today. Its popularity stems from the multitude of great benefits running has to offer. Running is simple, fast, and affordable making it a form of exercise that anyone can take part in. But, if you are on the fence and you are not sure if running is really worth it, here are the top reasons to start running.

 

 

 

 

Promotes Health and Wellness

Running is extremely good for the heart and cardiovascular system. Increasing the heart rate for 20-30minutes a day while running will greatly reduce the risk of heart attack, heart disease, and diabetes. Strengthening the cardiovascular system will also help you cope with stress more easily and will allow for more a restful sleep.

Running also promotes healthy bones. While this may seem strange, human bones grow and adapt based on the demands placed upon them. If you don’t expose your bones to the proper amount of resistance and impact on a regular basis they will grow weaker. Running regularly will help strengthen your bones as they compensate for the regular amount of resistance placed upon them.

Affordable and Simple

You can run almost anywhere and almost anytime. Plus running does not cost you anything!  It is important to get a good pair of shoes and always keep liquids handy. Beyond that, running is simple, just pick a route and head out. If you choose to, you can even run in your home on a treadmill. This is an even more convenient option for some, but will require the purchase of a nice treadmill unit.

Promotes Weight Loss and Enables Goal Setting

Along with all of the other great benefits running has to offer, it also promotes weight loss. Running works the entire body and will help burn calories quickly. This results in weight loss, improved muscular strength, and higher energy levels.

Running is a great goal setting platform as well. If on your first day you set a goal of running for 15 minutes, the next day you may run for 18minutes, then 20minutes, and so on. Eventually you can start setting distance, pace, and speed goals. All of these different goal setting options are powerful motivational tools that will help keep you excited and on track with your running workouts.

We Can Run to Help Others

There are hundreds of races, walks, and charity events every year all across the country that use running as a platform to promote change and awareness regarding a multitude of different initiatives and issues. Running in one of these events is a great experience and they often have added events for the entire family to participate in.

Will Leave You Feeling Good

Simply put, running feels great. The release of endorphins not only boosts energy levels but it leaves you feeling positive and motivated. Even after a 20 or 30 minute long run you will begin to feel these powerful effects.

Runners will often mention runner’s high. This is another incredible benefit to running. Runner’s high usually occurs during longer distance runs and is likened to a sense of total involvement and euphoria. This effect is often hard to describe, you simply have to get out there and experience it for yourself.

 

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