Written by a contributing writerIf you’re keen to get fit and increase your endurance, you may be toying with the idea of taking up running. When the sun is shining, and it’s not raining cats and dogs, it’s good to get out and about and enjoy the fresh air. If you can do this, and get fit at the same time, what could be better? If you’re new to running, here are just some of the brilliant benefits your new hobby could bring you.
Running is one of the best forms of exercise for your cardiovascular system. Even if you only run for a short period of time each day, you can vastly reduce your risk of developing heart disease. In fact, a study published in the Journal of American Cardiology suggested that runners have a 50 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease than people who never run. Running on a regular basis will reduce your resting heart rate, meaning that your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood around the body. Jogging can also help to lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure).
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Healthy bones and joints
Do you struggle with aches and pains on a regular basis? If so, taking up running could prove beneficial. Studies suggest that jogging frequently helps to strengthen your bones and improve the flexibility of your joints, reducing the risk of injury and conditions like osteoarthritis.
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Do you get out of breath when you’re walking up the stairs or running for a bus? If so, increasing your endurance will be hugely beneficial for your health. Increasing the intensity of your workouts or the length of your running routes will help you to build stamina. Once you get to stage where you can run long distances comfortably, you could also consider using supplements for endurance or mixing up your training to try and get the best out of your body. You may think that training for a marathon, for example, involves nothing but running. But lifting weights, doing some speed training and interval sessions, and conditioning your body by attempting activities like Pilates and yoga can also help to improve your performance.
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Improved mental health
Exercise isn’t just beneficial for your body. It can also have an incredibly positive impact on your mind. Going for a run can help you clear your mind, de-stress and manage your emotions more effectively. Most people experience a high when they’ve just completed a run, and this is because your body releases endorphins when you exercise. These are also known as happy hormones. If you’re prone to stress, you may find jogging a very useful remedy.
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If you’re not already a fan of running, hopefully, this article has inspired to give it a go!
Please consult a medical professional before starting a new exercise program.