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10 Convincing Reasons to Start Running

Studies show that runners have lower risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, are less likely to develop arthritis, and have better immune systems.

These among many other beneficial factors make running a spectacular means of getting exercise. Here are few other convincing reasons why you should take up running.

1. Slip into those skinny jeans

Running is one of the most efficient ways to lose weight. Men and women can burn 105 and 91 calories, respectively, when they run. Additionally, high-intensity exercise like running stimulates more "afterburn" than lower-intensity workouts, so you can burn calories even when you're at rest.

2. Go at your own pace, on your own time

Depending on your age or experience level, you may want to run at a pace slower or faster than other runners you know. The beauty of running is that it can be perfectly targeted to each individual runner. You control your own pace and distance each and every time you run.

3. Live longer

We alluded to a few of them earlier, but running provides a whole host of fantastic health benefits that will keep you healthy longer. Running reduces risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, lowers risk of arthritis, improves immune system and mood, and runners are less likely to be overweight or obese.

Source: Runners World

4. Enjoy the outdoors

Running is a great way to get outside and enjoy a beautiful day. You can use tools like MapMyRun to map out a route ahead of time if you'd like to try something new. You can also always run through your favorite neghborhood, park or path and take in the scenery while getting a great workout.

5. Make friends

Although we mentioned that running is highly individualized, that doesn't mean you can't make it a social sport too! Join a run club or start one at work, or gather your neighbors, friends or family to run with you every few times per week. Running with other people can make for a much more enjoyable experience - and makes you more accountable so that you actually get out and do it!

6. Reduce stress

According to the Mayo Clinic, physical activity helps bump up production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Running also acts as "meditation in motion," and can significantly improve your mood as you run off those day-to-day tensions that may be bogging you down.

7. Sleep better

A study by the National Sleep Foundation found that people sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week. Just 150 minutes of exercise a week can help improve sleep quality by 65 percent.

8. Boost your self-esteem

Remember those endorphins we mentioned earlier? These feel-good neurotransmitters go crazy when you run. This "runners high" effect, when combined with the added weight-loss benefits of running will leave you feeling like your best self.

Source: National Cancer Institute

9. Save money on gym memberships

One of the most appealing parts about running is that it can be totally free. There is no equipment or specific venue necessary to go for a run. Your primary (and only) investment will be a good pair of running shoes...unless you prefer to run barefoot!

10. It's a lifetime sport.

Due to the wide variability in pace, distance, and intensity, people of any age or experience level can run given the OK from their doctor. It is important to remember to listen to your body to avoid injuries, but if you stay the course you could be like this guy when you get past age 100!


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Topics: Healthy Living