Unexpected Benefits of Running

May 24, 2019

Running

Here's some great info about how running can make a difference to your life! Read on and get those running shoes on!

1. A good night’s rest

A great way of getting a good night’s sleep is to tire yourself out in the day, and not just from work or the stresses of the modern world, but to get out and be active.  Going for a run can release important endorphins into your body which allow your muscles to relax post-run and this can then have a really positive impact upon your sleep.  If you’re having trouble getting a good night’s sleep then going for a run in the day could be the answer!

2.Looking on the sunny side of life

There have been numerous studies into the psychological aspects of exercise upon us and almost all point to the idea that something as simple as going for a run can really help those suffering with mild or moderate depression.  Running is a fantastic way to release endorphins into your body and many runners experience the ‘runners high’, a feeling of wellbeing and achievement in completing their run challenges.

3. Better bones

Although there is always the risk of injury in any sport, running can actually really aid your joints.  Running can improve the strength of muscles around sore joints and protect the bone from damage and is also a great way of staying in shape – less weight and more muscle strength lends itself to reducing the risk of osteoarthritis.

4. Bedroom benefits

Running is not just a great way of shedding those pounds and feeling more confident in your own body image, but also gives you better energy levels and helps blood flow and libido.  Studies have also found that running can lead to an increase in testosterone in men, as well as decreasing instances of hypogonadism, a condition which can lead to erectile dysfunction and a lowered libido.

5. Improved health in old age

Running is a fantastic way to live a long and healthy life.  Studies have shown that elderly people who jog regularly are around 50 per cent less likely to die prematurely from diseases such as cancer than non-runners. Elderly runners also benefit from healthier joints and are less likely to suffer from neurological diseases and infections.

6. Fighting fit and healthy

People who run regularly are considered less likely to suffer ill health due to a boosted immune system through exercise.  During running the lungs are cleared of airborne bacteria and the elevated body temperature halts the growth of any remaining bacteria. Running also improves the circulation of protective cells throughout the body and as long as you’re not overtraining, then running can have fantastic effects upon ones health.

7. Career Opportunities

Looking to change jobs or improve how you deal with your workload?  Researchers at Rhode Island College have identified a link between running and increased creativity and concentration. Increased brain activity from running can give you many advantages in the work place - meaning that you impress that little more in an interview, shine even more during your important presentation and put your colleagues productivity to shame!

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