15 Reasons to Start Running Today

15 Reasons to Start Running Today

Running is one of the best forms of exercise if you’re looking to increase your activity levels or lose some weight. But did you know that running is extremely effective at making you healthier in many other ways? Running can help you reduce stress, prevent disease and lead a happier life. Let’s take a look at 15 benefits of getting into a regular running routine:

  1. Everyone knows how to run. Fortunately, there isn’t a steep learning curve when it comes to running. To start, you’ll just place one foot in front of the other and find your pace. It’s as simple as that. “Perfect form” and developing a running routine can come later on.

  2. You can do it anywhere. The beauty of going for a run is that you can do it anytime and anywhere. If you’re going on a work trip or vacation, then you might consider researching the nearest running trails ahead of time or asking around when you get there.

  3. It doesn’t take a huge time commitment. You don’t have to be a distance runner to reap the many benefits of this form of physical activity. In fact, a recent study showed that, “running just six miles a week delivers more health benefits and minimizes the risks that come with longer sessions.”

  4. You can shed some lbs. For a 160-pound person, running 3 miles in 30 minutes can burn up to 363 calories. You can use this calculator, to see how many calories you can torch from running.

  5. Save your knees. Contrary to popular belief, running actually helps your bones (so long as you don’t overdo it). According to Women’s Health Magazine, “running bolsters your cartilage by increasing oxygen flow and flushing out toxins, and by strengthening the ligaments around your joints.” Running also helps to prevent osteoporosis.

  6. Kick depression to the curb. Did you know that some mental health professionals recommend running as a treatment option for clinical depression? After a few minutes of running, the brain secretes hormones that help to improve your mood. Overall, running helps to calm the brain and makes you more resistant to anxiety and stress. In addition, runners tend to have a more positive perspective and outlook on life than non-runners.

  7. Prevent disease. Becoming a regular runner helps prevent the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Running also helps to lower blood pressure, raise good cholesterol, and bolster your immune system. Remember, health is wealth!

  8. Live longer. Aside from reducing the health risk mentioned above, on average, runners tend to live 3 years longer than their sedentary counterparts.

  9. Boost memory. Regular exercise can help improve your brain function. Running may also reduce symptoms of dementia and helps to fight Alzheimer’s.

  10. Sleep better. People who run regularly, tend to develop better sleep routines than non-runners. In addition, running can help improve the quality of sleep. This translates into waking up feeling refreshed and focused to take on the day’s challenges.

  11. Enjoy a healthy glow. Have you ever noticed that your skin glistens after a good workout? "We tend to focus on the cardiovascular benefits of physical activity, and those are important. But anything that promotes healthy circulation also helps keep your skin healthy and vibrant," said dermatologist Ellen Marmur in a WebMD article.

  12. Meet new friends. There are so many opportunities to meet new people who might also be interested in jogging or running. You could check out different MeetUp groups or see if there’s a local running club in your area. If there isn’t one, then you could consider organizing your own group.

  13. Or spend some time alone. You might prefer to enjoy some time alone and that’s fine too. You might want to take this time to relax, clear your thoughts or even listen to an awesome personal development podcast.

  14. Become more motivated. People who run regularly are generally more focused on achieving their life goals and checking things off of their to-do lists. Regular runners also tend to have that get-up and go attitude. Literally!

  15. Run for a cause. Nothing says win-win opportunity like helping those in need while getting your workout in. You can choose from 5ks, 10ks or even half marathons. Follow this link to search for charitable race events in your area.

If you’re new to the running scene then there are a few things to take into consideration before you hit the road:

  • Start slow. There’s no rule that says you have to run 20 miles a week, especially if you’re just starting out. You could try 2 miles as a start and see how you feel. Build up your stamina over time and keep exceeding your goals. Be sure to check with your medical doctor before beginning any new fitness routine.

  • Safety first. If you plan on running alone, you might also consider taking your dog along for some companionship and protection. Running in the morning or day time is also generally safer than running at night. However, if you are going out for a night time jog, then be sure to wear reflective or brightly colored clothing and ditch the headphones so you can stay as alert as possible.

  • Get the right gear. You’ll want to ensure that you have a comfortable pair of running shoes that don’t hurt your feet. You might also consider compression socks to ensure your legs are getting the treatment they need. Compression socks are great for athletes, people in the healthcare industry such as nurses, or anyone who might need extra support or recovery. If you are on your feet a lot during the day, running, or sitting all day, then compression socks are an excellent option for you.

    Now that you are aware of the benefits of running and tips for getting started, it’s time to get your run on!




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