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Six Popular Health Benefits Of Running

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 169

The many health benefits of running had made this sport an all time favorite among professional and non-professional runners. Its advantages, whether affecting the physical, mental or emotional aspects of our lives, all contribute to the overall well-being of any individual. Following is a list of the best gains that running gives.

Flexible Cardiovascular System

Running is good for the heart. By making the heart pump at a maximum heartbeat rate, the heart muscles are strengthened and the blood vessels get a good stretch. Moreover, presence of high blood pressure is avoided.

Stronger Bones

Running is also a bone-building activity. This is one of the high-impact exercises that confronts the bone with stress in every step. Running on a regular basis stimulates the body to add mass to the bones. It is like a body's natural reaction to situation that may require the body for added support. This is a great way to oppose osteoporosis a famed bone-thinning disease that results from the rapid aging of the bones and muscles.

Healthy Weight

As you cover longer distances, your body's metabolism process increases. Thus, you get to digest food faster and burn the excess fats in your body. Besides the most common running benefits of losing weight, this is also an ideal way to maintain a person's body weight at a healthy level. This, of course, must be matched with the intake of proper calories through advisable food intake.

Improved Moods

Whether you consider it a sport or a hobby, dashing distances simply makes you feel good. It activates the happy hormones called endorphins as your body sweats. Studies show that a regular dose of endorphins can elevate overall mood and even ward off some forms of clinical depression. Try running when you are anxious or stressed out. You will notice that by the end of your run, you will feel relieved and happy. What's more, the good feelings associated with endorphins do not diminish over time and so you can feel happier in the days to come. Some just consider this as the best of the health benefits of running.

Better Self-Esteem

Runners feel confident when they are able to finish a race. The level of their self-esteem increases more when they get to beat their personal bests and set another goal to reach. Perhaps, finishing a 5k marathon used to be difficult as you were starting, but now you can stand much longer runs.

Sense Of Belongingness

This physical activity is also good for our emotional health. By participating in a marathon with a buddy or with a group of friends, your sense of belongingness is developed. Expressing your feelings and thoughts while running with someone can help stabilize the negative emotions you might have. Setting goals with a running buddy may also be a great motivator for you to achieve more.

The health benefits of running may be countless but there are disadvantages to watch out as well. Herewith, make it a practice to have professional consultation before engaging to any training program.

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