Oct 20, 2020

Some people love it, some people hate it. I am talking about: running.

Everyone has tried it once, it started with a thought: “let’s get healthier”, followed by an action: Putting on some sports clothing and running shoes, stepping out of the door and starting the run right away. If that run was your first time you probably felt tired, slow and like you’re terrible at running. Am I right? Or you loved it right away of course!

Then the question comes to mind: Why did I go running? And what are the benefits of running?🤓

Running isn’t even that terrible, because once your body and mind start to acclimate, running can provide a feeling of freedom and it can feel meditative as well!

So, when it comes to running there are a lot of health benefits, both mentally and physically. Below you will find a list of the most important benefits of regularly going on a run:

❤️𝐑𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐥 𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐬. A few 30-minute runs per week will help reduce low density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad” type of cholesterol and increases the high density lipoprotein (HDL), the “good” type of cholesterol.
Running strengthens your heart muscle. The same thing happens when you work out your heart as when you would do regular fitness exercises, you strengthen the muscles. Over time, running strengthens the walls of the heart, which increases its overall efficiency.

👟 𝐑𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐮𝐫𝐧 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬.
Lots of people embrace running to maintain a healthy weight as it burns even more calories than weight training, swimming or cycling, Although many of us tend to over overestimate the number of calories burned on a typical run.

😴 𝐑𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫.
Everyone knows how important sleep is. And if you don’t, well, you’ve been asleep for way too long. Sleeping is the best recovery technique you will find. According to experts from Johns Hopkins, “We have solid evidence that exercise does, in fact, help you fall asleep more quickly and improves sleep quality.” It is so that the more you are physically active, the more sleep you need to recover.

🌡𝐑𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐢𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲.
According to exercise scientist David Nieman. His research says that Modest exercise improves immunity and ultra-endurance efforts can decrease immunity (at least until you have fully recovered). Running also improves your immunity by: the increase of your breathing rate, which helps push bacteria and other pathogens out of your lungs and airways. Helps decrease chronic inflammation. Boosts white blood cells and antibodies. Decreases stress and lowers the amount of stress hormones in your body and lots more.

🤯 𝐑𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧.
If you asked a few runners the question “Why do you run?”. You might think the answer has something to do with physical health. But a common answer given to that question is mentally, like “because it makes me feel better”. The chemicals released during and after running can help people experiencing anxiety feel calmer. Running can also control stress and boosts the body's ability to deal with existing mental tension. As well as increasing concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that helps moderate the brain's response to stress.

Does this answer your ‘why’ question? As you can see running does a lot for mental and physical health. If you still don’t think running is something for you, you can choose another physical activity because many of these benefits can also be found in other sports!

Don’t hesitate to share your motivation to run!🏃

Lisa Westera