When was the last time you broke into a jog or a sprint? If you can confidently say you’ve been running, then that’s great. If not, the following benefits of running can help to change your mind. According to multiple studies, running isn’t just about keeping fit and maintaining a great shape, it’s also a tool for preventing certain illnesses.
Here are 7 diseases running can help you prevent.
Running health benefits include your mental health as well. Exercising helps with treating depression because it results in the production of more ‘feel-good’ hormones in the brain. Running can also improve your physical self-perception. What this really means is that if you start exercising and see how your body is changing (losing excess weight or gaining muscle tone) you feel better about yourself.
Running strengthens the bones in your lower body. This is because you are putting extra weight and pressure on them as you run. Your body responds to this extra workload by increasing the bone mass. In order to increase the bone mass in your upper body, you would have to do upper body weight training.
Running is effective for decreasing the risk of Type 2 diabetes which occurs often with people who are overweight or obese. By staying within a healthy weight range, you can avoid developing this condition. Also, running can help people with diabetes better manage their blood sugar levels.
4. Cardiovascular Disease
Your heart is a muscle and in order to strengthen your muscles, you have to make them do more work. Running requires your heart to beat more for an extended period of time and as a result, your heart muscles grow stronger because of this. When your heart gets stronger, it actually can pump more blood with each beat. Your veins and arteries are less likely to get blocked too.
Running for 30 minutes or longer for five days a week has been clinically proven to lower the risk of developing different types of cancer (breast, uterine, and bowel). Consistent moderate exercise effectively changes certain hormonal levels in men and women, which helps reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
6. Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Scientists from the UCLA have found that it only takes a couple weeks to lower blood pressure when people make certain lifestyle changes. Exercise has proven to be so effective that many doctors strongly suggest aerobic activities like running or brisk walking, instead of medication to treat hypertension.
Running burns calories at a tremendous clip. Participating in an aerobic exercise program such as running for an extended period of time will help you to lose weight and keep weight off. Obesity is tied to so many chronic diseases, so burn some calories by running to fight against excess weight.
On a lighter note (no pun intended), running has been proven to slow the ageing process. People, who run regularly, do not experience muscle or bone loss in comparison to their counterparts. Running also helps to enhance the glow of the face. It promotes the human growth hormone which helps in staying young.
So why not get those sneakers on and hit the road. We’re right behind you.