The Benefits of Running

 

Why you should start or keep going!

 

Physical Benefits of Running:

  • Boosts the metabolism
  • Improves cardiorespiratory health which is the ability for your heart to pump stronger and more efficiently, and your muscles to use oxygen more efficiently. As you get more aerobically fit, your heart will pump more blood and oxygen with each beat (this is called “stroke volume”) and your muscles will extract (or consume) more oxygen.
  • Running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions.
  • Running increases bone mass, and even helps stem age-related bone loss.
  • Increases stability, and lower body strength.
  • When you run or exercise in general, the calorie burn continues after you stop. Studies have shown that regular exercise boosts “afterburn”—that is, the number of calories you burn after exercise. (Scientists call this EPOC, which stands for excess post oxygen consumption.)
  • You don’t have to be sprinting at the speed of sound to get this benefit. This happens when you’re exercising at an intensity that’s about 70 percent of VO2 max.
  • Quality of sleep improves.

Mental Benefits:

  • Stress release
  • Studies have shown running and daily exercise will help with symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • In a 2006 study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers found that even a single bout of exercise—30 minutes of walking on a treadmill—could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive order.
  • 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.
  • Improves mental awareness, and also slows the process of age related mental decline.

 

*Come join our Run Club! Meets every Wednesday 6:30 am and Thursday 6:30 pm right outside our office door!

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