You've got your shorts, you've got your sports top and your running shoes are are sat eagerly by the door - but you can't seem to find the motivation to put them on and get jogging. Hopefully the following tips will help you muster the courage to get out and start racking up the miles.
Makes You Happy
It's true! The sense of euphoria felt by runners actually has a name - "Runners High". It's a sensation felt due to your brain pumping out two powerful chemicals: endorphins and endocannabinoids.
Helps Maintain and Lose Weight
Running burns major calories. The average person (150 lbs) will burn over 12 calories a minute, so if you're looking to maintain or shed weight, grab a pair of running shoes and get jogging.
Good For The Heart
Studies have shown that people who don't run for exercise are twice as likely to die from heart disease as those who run regularly. Every run strengthens your heart and arteries making it easier for blood to be pumped round your body when at rest. This also has significantly beneficial results for people suffering from high blood pressure.
Strengthens Your Immune System
Studies have found that even light to moderate exercise can boost our immune system. By improving our cardiovasuclar capabilities and strengthening the heart we can circulate protective cells through the body easier and faster, tackling those pesky bacteria and viruses.
Scientists have found that regular aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease stress levels whilst improving sleep and self-esteem. With 7 out of 10 adults saying they experience stress daily, why wouldn't you get your jog on?
Strengthens Your Joints
Contrary to popular belief, running is not bad for your knees. Running actually increases bone density, strengthening ligaments and tendons.Pounding the pavement causes your bones and cartilage to grow back stronger, much like your muscles do when lifting weights at the gym.
It Improves Your Confidence
Getting up and smashing a personal best is empowering. Seeing the results of your hard work is a confidence booster. Running with friends or as part of a club makes you feel part of a community. Quite simply, running makes you feel good.
Its Easy and Accessible
You don't need an expensive gym membership, you don't need fancy equipment, you don't need to join a team.
Looking for more information and tips? Check out our Running Guide that'll answer all your running related queries!
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