Running – it’s not just about burning calories – it’s beneficial to almost every part of your body. Having the facts as to why it’s important to run is essential.
- Feel the burn. Everyone knows that running is a great way to get into shape, but very few people know why. Running focuses on burning calories. In fact, running is the second most effective exercise in terms of calories burned per minute, following only cross-country skiing. In one recent study, researchers found that treadmill use (at a “hard” level) burned an average of 705 to 865 calories in one hour. The stair-climber, rower, and stationary bike all burned far fewer calories. Consequently, the initial benefit of running is burning calories.
- Boost your confidence and self-esteem. Not all of the benefits of running are physical. In fact, are several psychological benefits to running. By setting and achieving attainable goals, you feel accomplished, successful, and ready to conquer the world.
- Runner’s high. Everyone has heard of the “runner’s high,” but what exactly does that mean? While running, your brain secretes hormones (such as dopamine and serotonin) at higher concentrations that naturally improve your mood. This is what keeps runners coming back for more. There also is a hidden benefit to the runner’s high – because of the increased secretion of these hormones, running also relieves stress and even treats depression.
- Improve your overall health. Research shows that running can raise your level of good cholesterol, boost your immune system, and lower your risk of a heart attack. By helping your arteries retain their elasticity and strengthening the heart, your chances of suffering a heart attack can be significantly reduced.
Running is an effective way to help increase your fitness levels, burn calories, lose weight, and feel good about yourself. There’s a reason why 19 million people finished 5k races in the United States last year.
It’s as simple as this: running = burning calories at a higher rate and promotes overall benefits to mind and to body. These are the facts to know.