7 Unexpected Benefits of Running

Ronald Rook once said, “I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.”

I run because it allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable. If you are a runner, you know that it has changed your life. It is not just an activity or exercise, it is a way of life.

FUN FACT: I started running to impress a boy LOL! But, turns out, running has changed my life completely for the better!!

Running has a tremendous amount of benefits, as it increases endurance, builds muscle, promotes cardiovascular health, and even improves your mood. Listed are our top ten benefits.

1. Relieves Stress. Who said you cannot run away from your problems!? Running boosts the brain’s serotonin levels, which makes you feel more relaxed. SO, If you are ever feeling stressed out, lace up your running shoes and take them for a spin. In some studies, running may work as well as a medication to relieve anxiety.
2. Overall Mental Health. Runners tend to be happy people, as the exercise releases endorphins to the brain. Endorphins act as a natural “drug” that makes a person more awake and… HAPPIER! When the endorphins kick in….. it is known as a “Runner’s High”. And let me tell you…. it is the BEST feeling in the world. The lifestyle decreases symptoms of depression, improves learning abilities, sharpens memory, protects the brain from aging, helps with sleep, alleviates anxiety, and boosts self esteem.
3. Strengthens Your Lungs. Running increases lung capacity, as your muscles will require less oxygen to move and they will produce less carbon dioxide. This will reduce the amount of air needed to breathe in and out for a given exercise.
4. Helps Prevent High Blood Pressure. Running improves your circulation and strengthens your heart. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort controlling blood pressure.
5. Physically Stronger. Running increases the strength of your ligaments and tendons.
6. Increased Bone Density. This is because running tends to pull on the bone. The stress makes the bones stronger.

Thank you for reading. Please comment further benefits of running that you know of.

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