For many people, the thought of running is more of a torture than an act of physical activity. People make many excuses for why “they can’t run” or “their body was not made for running,” however there are many benefits to running, many of which you may not have heard before. Here is a list of some of the obvious and hidden benefits of running to reinstate your love for running.
- Stress Relief: Running can provide a great amount of stress relief. It allows you to unwind and focus on your surroundings and breathing patterns, rather than worrying about the negatives of what is going on at home, work, etc. while simultaneously allowing you to think of the best solutions in problem solving.
- Runner’s High: After running consistently and feeling like your endurance is building, you will hit a runner’s high. This high is a point where no matter how far you have run or continue to run, you feel unstoppable. It is hard to explain without having had the feeling, but it is worth running to find out for yourself!
- Longer Lifespan: Running has proven to increase the life of a person, that in itself should make all of us want to run, right?!
- Socialization: Running is a great way to meet new people and running in groups is a fun way to increase motivation.
- Healthy Heart: Running keeps your blood pressure down and is proven to help in maintaining a healthy beating heart.
- One with Nature: Running allows for a variety of time with nature, whether running through the city or through a forest preserve, there are no limits. It’s a great way to keep yourself active while enjoying time outside, especially during the fall months. Few things are better than a run with the colorful October leaves in sunny 60 degree weather!
- Increased Energy: Running in the morning will increase a person’s energy and productivity throughout the day.
- Burning Calories: Running not only keeps your heart healthy, but also is a quick way to burn calories – a lot of calories!
- Sleep: Running allows you to have a better night sleep. You are often able to fall asleep faster and don’t stir as much throughout the night.
- Stamina/Endurance: Maintaining a consistent running pattern will increase your stamina and endurance which will build a person’s confidence and self esteem.
So while we seem to always find the negatives in running, let’s step back and look at all the positive effects running has on your body – physically, mentally, and emotionally. There is no guideline as to what pace anyone must run or how far, each individual is different and that is what makes running available to everyone. Now, lace up your running shoes and get out and enjoy the view!