You know you should be doing it, it’s easy, requires minimal equipment and you know it’s good for you. But for some reason you just cant’ bring yourself to hit the pavement. Running is known to have both physical and psychological benefits. Even running for as little as 60 minutes per week can improve your overall health. But in case you needed more convincing, here’s a look at 5 reasons why you should start running today:
Running is one of the simplest forms of exercise you can do. Just grab your running shoes, do some light stretching and you’re off. It’s simplicity that attracts many people to this form of exercise in the first place. No intimidating gym equipment or special gear needed.
If your goal is to shed some pounds, running will prove to be the most effective method. Because of the high energy needed to run, you’ll burn a lot of calories. To lose weight, you’ll have to burn more calories than you consume. Running will easily burn more calories than any other exercise. On average, a runner can burn up to 100 calories per each mile.
Runners benefit from overall improved health compared to non-runners. Some of these benefits include low blood pressure, decreased risk of heart problems, improved bone health and lower risks of disease like stroke and breast cancer.
Many runners attribute their low levels of stress and overall good mood to consistent running. Thanks to the endorphins released in your body when running, many claim to experience a “runner’s high.” Running helps you focus on the task at hand, since it’s demanding and for many, it provides a way to clear the mind.
Let’s face it, getting older is not pleasant. The wear and tear on our muscles and bones becomes evident as we grow older. But running has been proven to slow down this process by strengthening our muscles. It also promotes the human growth hormone which helps you look and feel younger.
Angelica Rodriguez is a New York-based writer. You can find her website here.