Running has always been the go-to activity for anyone seeking to shed a few pounds. But really, running can do so much more for you. Lift your mood, give you better overall health, even give your better psychological perspective.
It takes a while to get into it. I know personally, it takes a lot of effort to get past the idea that I have to get up at the crack of dawn to hit the pavement and it’s a lot more effort on your physicality—especially if you were a couch potato prior.
But here are some of the long term perks about running that you should know.
General improvement of health
Nope, it’s not just for weight loss, in fact, if you want to raise your level of health, running has been shown to go a long way towards raising your good cholesterol levels, helping you maximize lung function as well. Running is also a good way to boost your immune system, which means you protect yourself from the risk of developing diseases and even blood clots.
Prevention of diseases
Speaking of diseases, running is particularly beneficial for women. Studies have shown that running lowers risk of breast cancer in women and greatly reduces the risk of stroke.
Most doctors today recommend the activity for those who are in the early stages of diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. Running basically aids arteries in their elasticity, which results in strengthening the heart.
Maintain Your Weight
The easiest, most accessible way to shed those pounds and keep the pounds off. It’s been shown to be the most effective method of burning calories per minute, next only to cross country skiing.
Boost Your Confidence
Notice how after you’ve lost a few pounds, your clothes seem to fit better, you instantly feel more comfortable in your own skin, you understand and celebrate your achievements, you feel a greater sense of accomplishment and feel empowered to do a lot more.
Relieve stress and eliminate depression
You notice how stress can easily wreak havoc in your life? One of the benefits of running is that it can help manage it. Running means you force your body to expend its excess energy and hormones, alleviating symptoms of stress such as tension headaches and even managing symptoms of depression. You’ll find that even short runs can leave you feeling energized, focused and empowered.
Bottom line is, running is a lot more than just a weight loss method. It’s great for the mind, body and spirit—take it slow, and before you know it, you’ll be reaping the benefits of having running as an integral part of your lifestyle.