10 Benefits of Running You Might Not Have Known

10 Benefits of Running You Might Not Have Known

If you are a runner, you will love that running has changed your life. It’s not just an activity or exercise, it’s a way of life. While the benefits are numerous, that doesn’t mean running has changed everything. We are still human after all.

1. Overall mental health

Runners are happy people. Some call it a runner high. Just don’t make us unhappy by canceling a race that we’ve trained months and months for. That’s one way to push us off our runner high.

2. Strengthens your lungs

Runners have increased lung capacity from logging mile after mile. Those strong lungs come in handy if you ever find yourself on the other side of the race as a spectator. A runner’s WOOHOO! is loud and proud.

3. Helps prevent high blood pressure

Your arteries expand and contract while running, helping to keep your arteries fit which in turn keeps your blood pressure in normal range. 

4. Strengthens immune system

Regular running builds up your tolerance to germs which results in fewer minor illnesses. 

5. Weight control

Running burns mega-calories. However, it also makes you mega-hungry, especially if you are training for long distances. Unfortunately, running doesn’t give you a pass to eat all the food, all the time.

6. Physically strong legs

Runner’s legs are a powerhouse. They move you from point A to B. They carry you up and down hills. They know how to put it into high gear at the track. 

7. Stress relief

Running boosts the brain’s serotonin levels which make you calmer and more relaxed. Who said you can’t run away from your problems?

8. Increased bone density

Running stresses your bones. Essential minerals are sent to the bones when under stress, which makes them stronger. However, running does not make you unbreakable, and jumping, say, a 10-foot high fence is still a bad idea.

9. Increased joint strength and stability

Running increases the strength of your ligaments and tendons. You’ll find your joints will be able to withstand more mileage and more uneven terrain. But that doesn’t mean you will never sprain your ankle again while trail running.

10. Increased confidence

Once you start running, watch your confidence begin to grow. You’ll feel more in control of your life and your body and that can't be bad for you right?

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