Most people view running as a great exercise regime for weight maintenance. While this is true, there are numerous additional health and wellness benefits to be reaped from running.
The brain benefits: Research has shown that when we run, we simultaneously stimulate the growth of new nerve cells and strengthen the blood flow to the brain. As we age, this process could offer protection against the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related dementia. In addition, the very
Preventing Cardiovascular Disease: Lack of physical activity is one of the most preventable reasons human beings develop heart disease. Running can help reduce cardiovascular disease by reducing levels of bad cholesterol, increasing higher levels of good cholesterol, aiding weight loss and reducing high blood pressure. All of these cardiovascular benefits add up to vastly improved heart health.
Stress Reduction: Chronic, accumulated levels of stress can take an enormous toll on the human body. Running acts as sort of an active meditation and can be an extremely effective weapon in the battle to reduce stress, be it work, family or societally related. When we run, our bodies produce endorphins, the feel-good hormones that give us a heightened sense of wellbeing. Our bodies and brains then focus on the action of running, and our worries and cares are put, for a time, on the back burner.
Nature’s Sleep Aid: When we get the correct amount of sleep for our individual needs, we alleviate the effects of stress, boost our immune systems and support proper cardiac and brain functions. Daily running has proven to be one of the most effective, non-chemical remedies for chronic insomnia. The relationship between running and sleep patterns seems to be associated with the shifting body temperature that occurs during exercise. The increased body temperature experienced when running, followed by the drastic drop in temperature post run, promotes replenishing sleep. Adequate sleep improves body, mind
And The Benefits Keep Accumulating…
Promotes Lower Resting Heart Rate
Strengthens Muscles and Bones
Releases Toxins Through Perspiration
Supports Oxidation Through Perspiration, Improving Skin Health
If you’ve always viewed running only as a visceral reaction to someone chasing you, it’s time to think again. Running is an attainable necessity available to anyone seeking improved health. It can be effective at any level of physical fitness. Start at your own pace, slow as it may be; be consistent; and improve your performance bit by bit and you will soon discover that you have incorporated a most beneficial and