The Benefits of Running

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Fit Fact: Running can make you live up to three years longer.

 

Of all forms of exercise, running is probably the most natural and intuitive to us. Without our ability to run, we would not be here today. Running is universally seen as a form of exercise throughout the world. No matter where you go in this world you are bound to meet people who love to run. Today, I’ll talk about the health benefits of running as a form of exercise.

Running is one of the best ways to casually experience the outdoors, while also getting great cardio exercise. All it requires are some shoes (and for some people, not even that) and a desire to improve yourself!

 

FUNDAMENTALS & TECHNIQUES

Although this may seem obvious to most, keeping the correct form while running is very important to preventing injuries. The most correct way to run is to maintain a short stride, keeping your knees in line, pushing up off the ground, relaxing hands, and maintaining an upright posture. If you do all of this, then you can usually avoid the most common running injuries. If you choose to start running, make sure your posture and form are correct first. This is the most crucial step to becoming a successful runner.

 

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Running has all sorts of general benefits for your health: improved immune system, increasing lung function, and lower risk of developing blood clots.
  • In addition, running has been shown to decrease the odds of getting heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer.
  • Running helps prevent osteoporosis because it is a weight-bearing exercise, meaning it builds bone density.
  • Running is the second most effective exercise in burning calories per minute, right behind cross country skiing, so it is very efficient.
  • Feeling down? Running has been proven to enhance mood, as it causes the brain to release endorphins which are responsible for happiness. In fact, doctors will even recommend running to help patients that are coping with depression or anxiety.
  • Running is a great social activity, as it is easy to enjoy the outdoors with a friend while running.

 

Anyone who runs for the first time has no doubt said to themselves that they would never run again. However, those who stick with it learn to love running and all the benefits it provides. It eventually becomes a part of the daily routine, just like it has for me. So grab a friend, and run as far as you want!

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