If you’re thinking of starting to run, or you’ve already started to make progress and you’re wondering why on earth you’re doing it – we’ve picked the top six reasons why running is good for your health.
- It improves your body confidence
Exercise in general is a great way to make you feel better in yourself. Once you start to see and feel the results, your body will ooze confidence – helping you feel good everyday!
- It maintains joint health
Running is not bad for your knees, as many say. Movement is the best way to keep your joints feeling nourished and healthy, and there is science to prove it. So say goodbye to wear and tear of the joints, and hello to running.
- It raises your energy levels
If you’ve had a tough day or week, going for a run in the outdoors can boost your energy levels, and help you feel revived and in fact more alive than more tired. It also helps you sleep better.
- It keeps you in shape
It’s all about a balanced lifestyle and diet, so treating yourself and having those rest days are essential to maintaining healthy living. But there’s no doubt that running helps you lose weight and also tones every muscle from the waist down.
- It protects your heart
Running frequently throughout the week will help reduce the risk of heart disease. Any form of aerobic exercise is good for your heart, but the more intense the better.
- It makes you happy!
Running does put a smile on your face and reduces anxiety and depression, mainly due to the release of endorphins! Switching off and running in the fresh air with your favourite tunes can often be the best remedy for the worst days.
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This feature was originally published on the Great Run website. Visit the site to see more hints about training and nutrition.