Kids run all the time but once we get to adulthood we can be divided into two groups: those that run and those that don’t. If you’re not in the ‘those that run’ group here are 6 reasons you should be.
- It’s free and easy The human body was made to run, there’s no special skill or knowledge required and most everybody can do it. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a supportive sports bra and you’re ready to go!
- It burns more calories per hour than most other exercises. Running either outside or on a treadmill burns an average of 705-865 calories per hour, with the next best thing being the stair-stepper at 637 – 746 cals/hr.
- It’s GOOD for your knees, not bad like so many people think. It’s important to start slowly and wear shoes that give good support but when done correctly running builds up and strengthens bones and joints, it doesn’t tear down and weaken them.
- It’s one of the best ways to relieve stress, research proves it. A study by the University of Georgia found that an hour of exercise is three times more effective at reducing anxiety and stress than an hour of rest.
- It helps prevent disease. Various studies support exercise as a means of reducing the risk of serious ailments and diseases like cancer, diabetis, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and vision loss. It also boosts immunity.
- It will lengthen your life and improve the quality of it as well. Stanford University School of Medicine did a 21 year study and found that on average runners live longer, healthier lives with fewer disabilities than non-runners. It’s thought to be due to exercise’s effect of improving cardiovascular fitness, increasing bone mass, reducing inflammation, and improving higher brain functions like thinking, learning, and memory.