Loads of studies have shown that running reduces stress, anxiety and depression. Like most physical exercise, it helps to make you feel better in the short and long term...You’ll like this one, anecdotal evidence from any runner backs this up. According to a recent study, the famous runner's high is aptly named: we feel jubilation after a long period of exertion due to a result of a rush of chemical substances called cannabinoids, the same stuff that's found in marijuana. A healthy addiction!
02. More ‘me time’ – escapism & freedom – get creative
Craving some time alone, desperate to go off grid for a little while, shut off from the screens, well what better pastime than running? Leave your phone at home and head out into the great outdoors. Think without interruption and get those creative juices flowing..
03. An immune boost
Research proves that running for up to an hour at a moderate intensity fortifies your immune system, by accelerating the circulation of protective cells.
04. A longer life
Apparently running can extend your time on the planet! Studies show that exercising helps you live longer by as much as 5.3 years.
05. Your much talked about core
Of the various exercise regimes, running is not instinctively associated with the strengthening of the core, but it actually gives these muscles a decent workout thanks to the spinal rotation. Stride across uneven surfaces and your regular rebalancing will only enhance this.
06. Save your cash
Gym memberships drain your bank account, particularly once you add in the joining fee and other sneaky add-ons. Bikes are expensive to buy and maintain. Running is the cheapest of exercise regimes. The only real cost is a new pair of running shoes every 500 miles or so.
07. Healthier heart
Running improves circulation and reduces the risk of a heart attack, high blood pressure and strokes. In fact, running for just an hour each week can lower the risk of heart disease by almost 50%.
08. De-stress and lower the blood pressure
A recent study found that men and women at all blood pressure levels benefit from regular running and other aerobic activity, including those with hypertension. Just 30 to 40 minutes of jogging several days a week can help prevent or reduce hypertension.
09. Dat ass!
It activates your glutes, making it one of the fastest and most painless routes to a lifted and more toned butt. (And stop pretending you don’t want one.)
10. Clear your head and get some clarity back
Running does wonders for your headspace – instead of focussing on the run and your worries, take in your surroundings and appreciate them; the colour of the leaves, the dew on the grass, the colour of the ocean, the birds in the trees, the sound of the waves…learn to switch of and enjoy it, you’ll feel so much better for it. #mindfulrunning
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