Running is one of the few things that we do, both as kids -during playtime- and in our adult lives, for various reasons. It is a very accessible form of exercise for most people. However, to really feel the benefits, it’s imperative to keep in good form and pace yourself, as with any other sport.
Some of these benefits derived from running include
Improves Heart Health
A study in the American Journal of Cardiology in 2014 found runners had a 45 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease when compared to people who didn’t run. In addition, running strengthens heart muscles and gives the heart a better resting rate to ensure that you have a better night’s sleep.
Facilitates Weight Loss
Before you skip this point, it’s just as important to know that running not only helps you trim down on body fat, it also helps you maintain good body weight. Furthermore, reducing body fat also decreases your risk for heart disease.
Gives a Confidence Boost
Regular physical exercise has been known to improve one’s confidence and self-esteem. The science behind this is that your body releases endorphins that trigger a positive and energised feeling. Some runners even describe the feeling after a good run as ‘euphoric’. Also, running is a recommended way for stress relief as the entire body is engaged in the period of exercise.
Among the many benefits to be gained from running, arguably the most important – and one that will enable you to reap the full rewards of this healthy activity – is pacing. Too much running, as with anything else, can put you at a disadvantage. The key is to start off at a point where you’re just about comfortable, and at the same time it gives you the leeway to adapt your stride. With that said, strap on your shoes and get going!