Running is a great cardio exercise. Countless studies have shown that running has many physical and mental benefits. Here are few reasons why you should take up running.
Running is an easy and inexpensive way of losing weight. Running burn more calories than swimming, riding a bike and many other forms of exercises. Running produces EPOC(excess post oxygen consumption) popularly known as “after burn” effect that means you will be burning calories hours after you have finished your running session.
Good For Bones
Running is a great exercise to prevent weakened bones. When you run, you put pressure on your bone which stimulates cells responsible for the synthesis and mineralization of bone(osteoblasts) resulting in stronger bones. Running is one of the most recommended weight bearing exercise to build and maintain bone mass and density.
Improves Overall Health
Running is a popular option among many people to lose weight but running does more than that, it improves overall health. Running reduces the risk of stroke by reducing LDL(bad cholesterol) and improving HDL(good cholesterol). According to Journal of the American College of Cardiology, running 5 to 10 minutes per day, even at slow pace, decreases the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.Doctor recommend running for patient to combat early stages of diabetes, osteoporosis and high blood pressure. You can say that running is not just a mere recreational activity.
Many studies suggest that running is as effective as psychotherapy in treating depression. Running boosts feel good brain chemicals like serotonin, endorphins, dopamine and norepinephrine. Serotonin increases your mood and alleviates the negative impact of depression. People who run regularly are also better at coping with psychological stress.
With so many physical and mental benefits that comes with running regularly, it is no surprise that running prolongs life. According to Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases’s research , running can increase lifespan by up to 3 years.
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