The Benefits of Running
Running is one of the most popular ways to work out. It’s free and easy. I got hooked three years ago and while I’m definitely no professional, running is something I love.
But what are the benefits of hitting the pavement?
1. It strengthens muscles and bones.
While this one is sort of a given, it’s interesting to think of running as a weight exercise. You are using your body weight as resistance to work out your legs and core. Running is one of the best ways to get a fit and strong physique.
2. It relives stress.
… and can even help with depression. Ever since becoming a devotee to the running gods myself, I can attest to the fact that there are few things that help me unwind like a good run. You don’t have to think about anything other than your run. Or you can process your day with looking at the trees flying by.
3. It lets you eat more carbs.
Okay, while this one may not be entirely true, it makes sense. A huge bowl of pasta is honestly the best fuel for a big run the next day but sans run, it usually just makes me feel slow.
4. It can boost memory and self esteem.
Studies show that exercise in general can help combat dementia and raise self-esteem. Talk about some good endorphins.
5. It’s an energy boost.
Because of the chemical magic that happens in your brain when you run, a mid-afternoon run can actually be a better pick-me-up than a nap. I definitely think this one is so true; if I’ve been writing an essay for five hours and feel like dozing off, if I hop up and go for a run, an hour later I’m totally ready to do the next 1000 words.
6. It helps with both sleep and waking up.
Running can help you get better quality sleep and runners generally tend to keep better sleep routines. Also, going for a quick run in the morning is like jump-starting your brain for the day. I think sacrificing half an hour of sleep for running feels totally worth it when I’m wide awake and able to be productive at 9:00 rather than still sipping through my second coffee.
7. It’s easy to start.
All you need are a pair of sneakers. Running is great because it’s totally up to you. Do you want to run solo or make some running pals? Are you going for speed or distance? Running can be whatever you make it.
Aaaaand finally, I’ll just leave this here (it’s all so true):
(featured image from here)
What are your favourite sports/reasons to run?