More benefits of Running

Strong CoreRunning will contribute to developing a strong core.  Your core muscles (obliques, rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus and erector spinea) all have to work together in order to keep your spine straight and aligned while you’re running, especially when you’re jogging on mixed terrains rather than just pounding the pavements.  So, run – your spine will thank you!

Sleep TightThe more active you are during the day, the likelier you are to have a good night’s sleep.  By indulging in regular aerobic (or cardio) exercise it has been shown that the quality of your sleep can improve.  So instead of rushing to the medicine cabinet the next time you go through a bout of insomnia, try to go for a run the next day and enjoy a restful night.

Live LongerResearch completed by the Stanford University School of Medicine on two groups – one of healthy non-runners and the other of healthy runners – over a period of 21 years found that, as time went on the levels of disability were much lower in the group of runners than in the non-runners.  It also found that, at the end of the study, a higher percentage of runners were still alive than the non-runners.  So, running really can help you to live a longer and more active life!

Run Your Way to Better SkinIf you have chronic skin conditions (e.g. acne, psoriasis) then you should take steps to protect your skin when you’re working out.  But generally speaking, working up a sweat can assist in removing the dirt and grime that clogs pores and causes break-outs.   When you exercise you also increase blood flow which will help to give your skin cells all the nutrients and oxygen that help to keep your skin healthy.  As well as bringing all that great stuff into your skin, increased blood flow also transports waste products away from your cells.  So, sweat it out and enjoy that post-work out glow!

Be the Change I’m sure you will have received an endless number of emails from friends, relatives, colleagues, even people you haven’t heard from in years, to ask you to sponsor them for running a 5km / 10km / marathon or completing a triathlon.  Well now it’s your turn.  Taking part in a race is an excellent way of raising money for a cause that’s important to you.  It’s also a great incentive to keep on running when you’re hitting that metaphorical wall; knowing that what you’re doing will change people’s lives will spur you on for those final kilometers.

Explore Your Local Area Running outdoors is an excellent way to get to know your surroundings.  On your runs you will discover places that you never even knew existed and changing up your routes will also help alleviate boredom.

And finally, It’s Fun!  I Promise The paramount reason that you should run and the reason that once you have started you won’t be able to stop is because it is fun!  You will have a great time running, challenging yourself and doing things that you never thought you would be able to. 

As you’ve probably guessed, I could go on and on about all the reasons to run, but we only have a limited amount of time!  Suffice it to say that the benefits of running are dramatic and can be long-term and the sense of achievement that you will get from reaching your goal (even if it’s just about getting to the next lamp-post) cannot be underestimated.  That said, it’s very easy for me to give you all the reasons why you should lace up those shoes and head out, but you probably won’t be sold until you see for yourself.  So, what are you waiting for?  Let’s get started!