Running improves: well being, mental and cardio-vascular health, sleep, weight management, stress relief, mood, flexibility and mobility, immune system and longevity.

Why run?

Simple, it’s good for you, it's fun, cheap and flexible!

The Greeks knew it, Eluid Kipchoge knows it and so does the medical community. Moreover, running or any form of activity offsets the disastrous health impacts for those of us (the majority) with a largely sedentary lifestyle.


Running offers numerous physical, mental, and emotional benefits, making it a popular and accessible form of exercise. Here are 12 reasons why YOU should consider incorporating running into your fitness routine:


  1. Cardiovascular Health: Running is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that helps strengthen the heart and improve circulation. It can reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.


  1. Weight Management: Running is an effective way to burn calories and can contribute to weight loss or weight maintenance. It engages various muscle groups, leading to increased calorie expenditure.


  1. Mental Health: Running has been shown to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. It releases endorphins, which are known as "feel-good" or “Runner’s High” hormones, promoting a sense of well-being and relaxation.


  1. Improved Sleep: Regular running can positively impact sleep patterns and quality. It helps regulate circadian rhythms and promotes a more restful night's sleep.


  1. Enhanced Mood: Running triggers the release of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which can elevate mood and reduce symptoms of depression. The sense of accomplishment from completing a run can also boost self-esteem.


  1. Stress Relief: Running provides a healthy outlet for stress and tension. The rhythmic nature of running can be meditative, allowing individuals to clear their minds and focus on the present moment.


  1. Bone Health: Weight-bearing exercises like running contribute to the development of strong bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and improving overall bone density. Increasingly important in an ageing population.


  1. Improved Immune System: Regular moderate-intensity exercise, including running, has been associated with a stronger immune system, helping the body fight off illness and infections.


  1. Social Benefits: Running can be a social activity, providing an opportunity to connect with others through group runs, local running clubs, or organised races. Social support can enhance motivation and enjoyment.


  1. Increased Energy Levels: Contrary to the misconception that exercise depletes energy, regular running can actually boost energy levels by improving overall fitness and stamina.


  1. Longevity: Studies suggest that regular physical activity, including running, is associated with increased life expectancy. It contributes to better overall health and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.


  1. Accessible and Flexible: Running is a cost-effective activity to participate in. As a solo activity it is also very flexible and can fit into even the most hectic of schedules.


It's important to note that while running has many benefits, it's essential to approach it with proper technique, with appropriate footwear, in a structured manner that allows for gradual progression to avoid injuries. Additionally, individuals with specific health concerns should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise program.

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