There is no denying that the health benefits of running can be dramatic, and studies have proven it. Running keeps your immune system strong, helping to fight off infections such as the common cold. Running has proven to decrease the risk of a heart attack, as well as having great effects on mental well-being due to the release of feel-good endorphins. Here are a few more reasons why it's a great idea to take up running:
1. Keeps you fit and at a healthy weight range
On average, for a 65 kg person, running will burn approximately 100 calories. It is one of the most aggressive exercises around, making it an extremely efficient way to burn calories and drop weight. Running also builds muscle mass, making your resting metabolism rise, meaning you will burn calories easier, even at rest.
2. Improves overall health and mental well-being
Research has shown that running reduces the risk of having a stroke, improves lung function and can raise the levels of good cholesterol in the body. Running will boost your immune system helping to keep your body fighting fit against viruses and infections. Research has even shown that running can actually help lower the risk of cancer, particularly breast cancer in women.
3. A great stress buster
Reducing stress is of major importance these days. Stress is a key factor in health problems in today's fast-paced environment and a major cause of ill health. Running has been proven to help reduce stress as it causes your brain to secure feel-good hormones, and even after only a few minutes of running you will begin to feel good. If you are experiencing mild depression, forcing yourself to get up and run can dramatically lift your spirits.
Lastly, before taking up running however, there are a few things to take into consideration. Make sure you are in general good health to start off with. If you have any major health problem or possible concerns, check with your doctor first. A good pair of running shoes is a must so buy shoes that are specifically designed for running, and ones which feel comfortable. Do not just buy shoes that are on sale or good value, if they do not fit well or are tailor specifically for running. Wear cool comfortable, breathable clothing. When running, make sure that you drink plenty of water, as it is easy to become dehydrated. Start off any running regime slowly and with the correct running form. Consider joining a running group, or hire a professional trainer to get your started. Find a good place to run which is free from objections, or join a gym.
Alternatively purchase a home treadmill. There are a variety of machines available to purchase for home use and many of them are specifically designed for home use in mind. Search in your local directory, online or local sports shop if you intend to buy a treadmill desk. Check up on what guarantee the treadmill comes with, and read up on any reviews of the model you like the look of.