The Benefits of Running

The feeling of euphoria is common amongst the regular runners around the world. That is because of all the benefits being offered by the physical activity of running. The benefits of running are not just physical but they also improve the mental state of the person involved. As ancient Greeks said: “Νοῦς ὑγιὴς ἐν σώματι ὑγιεῖ” (A sound mind in a healthy body). Let’s examine the most important benefits of running.

Health Improvement

The most important reason for running is to improve your overall level of health. It is scientifically proven that running can raise your levels of good cholesterol as well as helping you increase lung function and use. Not only that, running can also boost your immune system, meaning that you will be more resistant to different diseases.

Weight Loss

The number one reason most people take up running. One of the best ways of burning calories and reaching your optimum body weight. Second only to cross country skiing, which is not that accessible.

Sense of Accomplishment

This is where the mental benefits kick in. Breaking your personal best and achieving that target you have set offers a great sense of accomplishment. Consequently, you are getting a confidence boost that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Stress and Depression Elimination

Stress has been known as one of the common reasons for many health and mood problems and it can also diminish appetite and sleep quality. While running, your body releases extra hormones which directly help eliminate stress. Just after a few minutes of running, your brain starts to secrete hormones that improve your mood. There are only a few things in the world (other than meds) that can treat depression better than running.

All of the above are just a few of the many short and long-term benefits you can gain from running. It really is incredibly beneficial to the body, mind, and spirit, and you will find that even short runs can leave you feeling more energized, more focused, and better able to enjoy all that life has to offer.

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