5 Reasons to Start Running

Running gives you many benefits

One of the simplest workout is running.

It costs you zero pennies, it’s easy, and of course it will do wonders to your health. Some people even say that running is not just an activity or exercise—it’s a way of life. Many people even devote their time to be professional runners, join in athletic races or marathons. You don’t need to be an athlete if you want to get the health benefits from running. Regular running and jogging can give you these benefits:

Running gives you overall mental health

People who are running regularly are happy people. Well, any exercise will make you feel better though. Moderate running (as well as other exercises) may help people cope with anxiety and stress even after they’re done working out. A 2012 study in the Journal of Adolescent Health proved that just 30 minutes of running during the week for three weeks boosted sleep quality, mood, and concentration during the day.

Running helps prevent high blood pressure

Running for 5 minutes every day can cut the risk of cardiovascular disease by almost half. People who run regularly have a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Running can control your weight

High-intensity exercise like running stimulates more “afterburn” than low-intensity exercise. Compared to walking with the same distance, studies found that running will lead to greater weight loss.

Running increases knees and joint strength and stability

Contrary to what the rumor says, running will not wreck your joints. Osteoarthritis occurs when joint-cushioning cartilage starts to break down. And one of the biggest osteoarthritis risk factor is body weight. Since runners are much more likely to be at a normal weight, it means that runners have fewer risk of osteoarthritis.

Running increase your overall confidence

Not all of the benefits of running are physical. Running can provide a noticeable boost to your confidence and self-esteem. By setting and achieving your goals, you can help give yourself a greater sense of empowerment that will leave you feeling much happier. And you will feel good when you realize that your body looks good in those running outfits, right?

Now, do you still need an excuse to start running? Grab your favorite shoes, set your favorite music on your earphones, and start running!