Thinking about becoming a runner? I support you! Running is one of my absolute favorite ways to exercise, and while it can be scary to start, it’s so rewarding once you get going. On a beautiful Miami day, I love to run along Biscayne Bay.
My love for it aside, there are so many reasons why running is good for you, too. Read below for five of them.
It’s good for your overall health.
Running has a lot of health benefits. Doing it regularly makes your heart stronger, helps reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, boosts your immune system and increases bone density, which makes it easier for your body to fight against osteoporosis.
It’s good for weight loss.
When combined with a healthy diet, running can be an efficient way to burn calories and lose weight. When we run, our “after-burn” — or excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) — increases, which means you keep burning calories long after you finish running.
It’s good for your memory.
Did you know running is linked to your brain? Scientists have found that consistent aerobic exercise (like running) can improve our ability to switch between mental tasks, problem solve and remember events and activities. Running is also a good way to fight off cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s.
It’s a good way to boost energy.
It might seem weird to run when you’re tired, but the truth is, running can actually give you more energy when you need it. In fact, a 2012 study proved that just 30 minutes of running a day for three weeks can improve sleep quality, put you in a better mood and boost your ability to concentrate.
It makes you feel good, too.
Running improves body image and boosts personal confidence and self-esteem. You’ll feel this boost in other parts of your life, too, like at work and in your relationships. Once you catch that feeling, you won’t want to let it go.
To your health!