The benefits of running regularly
One of the best forms of physical exercise
Running is perhaps the easiest form of exercise. You do not need a gym or any fancy equipment. Just put on your sneakers or jogging/running shoes, turn on your favourite music and go for a run in your neighbourhood for your daily dose of exercise.
If you want to lose some of those extra pounds, think no further and start running regularly. You will be surprised by the results. Continuing to run regularly after the weight loss prevents the extra pounds from creeping back in.
Good for your muscles and bones
Running helps strengthen and tone up your muscles. It makes your bones stronger and improves your posture.
Multiple studies have shown that running prevents cardiovascular diseases, maintains positive neurological functioning, regulates hormones and maintains proper blood glucose concentration. Thus, it greatly enhances overall health.
Running has been linked with enhanced immunity. According to studies, regular runners are more resistant to diseases, have lower inflammation and better gut microbiota.
Helps prevent cognitive decline like Alzheimer's disease
Exercise in the form of running increases blood flow to the brain, which greatly improves brain health. Moreover, it stimulates the release of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This is a protein that encourages the growth and survival of neurons in the brain.
Reduces risk of many cancers
According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2016, runners had a lower risk for developing 26 different kinds of cancer than low-and non-exercisers.
Helps you sleep better
Exercises, like going for a run regularly, helps you fall asleep more quickly and improves sleep quality.
Greatly upgrades mental health
All kinds of physical exercises have been found to boost mental health because they release 'feel-good' hormones like dopamine in the body. After a run, it goes without saying that you are more aware of your senses and have a feeling of wellbeing. There are evidence that exercises like running can be as effective as psychotherapy sometimes, to treat depression.
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