Running is a form of exercise that can do wonders for your health. And we’re not just talking about weight loss here.
Aside from keeping those extra pounds away and your body in shape, running can help you prevent certain diseases and improve your well-being.
Here are 5 more benefits to motivate you to start running this spring.
1. It decreases your risk for cardiovascular diseases.
Even at a slow pace, running can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease. It’s the king of cardio and a highly aerobic activity that is very good for the heart. Studies show that runners tend to have “a slow resting pulse rate and high maximal oxygen consumption.” (NCBI)
2. It prevents certain diseases.
Aside from cardiovascular diseases, running can also help lower your risk of breast cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes.
3. It improves your mood.
Just like any work out, running can improve your mood and make you happier. When you run, your brain releases feel-good chemicals – endorphins and endocannabinoids, which could instantly lift your mood and prevent episodes of anxiety and depression.
4. It strengthens your joints.
Running is not bad for your knees. In fact, it improves knee health. It strengthens the ligaments that support the joints, making them more stable and less prone to sprains and strains.
5. It’s a good form of meditation.
Running can be a good form of meditation if you put your heart, mind and soul to it. To meditate is to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, so meditation isn’t limited to just sitting and chanting. Use running as a form of meditation – apply mindfulness to your running, pay attention to your breathing, think things through or not think at all, and keep a strong awareness of your surroundings.