It doesn’t take a lot to reap the benefits of running

By Nicole Ganglani | Photo by Stage 7 Photography/Unsplash

Aside from being the most convenient exercise, the health benefits of running are innumerable—both mentally and physically. According to researchers, the human body is built the way it is because we are made to be runners. The length of our legs, the shape of our hips, the shock-absorbing spinal discs, and the ability to sweat are constructed in such a way for our bodies to run one mile after another.

It’s proven that running is one of the best ways to get into shape. But what’s even better is that it provides a long list of benefits to the body that you can’t just get by doing a deadlift workout or any other physical activity. That’s why running is dubbed as the king of cardio—it transforms the mind, body, and soul, and it’s reason enough to celebrate the sport every day.

So here’s why you should run today and start chasing its awesome benefits:

Running Improves Mental Well-being

Research has shown that running in a natural environment acts as a shield against mental health conditions. One of the key factors that running improves is sleeping habits, which can result in better psychological functioning. A regular 30-minute jog or run can also lift symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as improve daily mood.

Running Counts as Meditation

A body of research shows that running is considered as motivation that can boost the gray matter of the brain, improve focus, and synchronize brain activity. Running allows you to be present, especially when focused and relaxed. Most importantly, running is a break from the hustle and bustle of the daily demands of life

The human body is built the way it is because we are made to be runners. The length of our legs, the shape of our hips, the shock-absorbing spinal discs, and the ability to sweat are constructed in such a way for our bodies to run one mile after another

Running Reduces the Risk of Cancer

According to Harvard Health Medical Publishing, the rates of active people who experience cancer is 38 percent lower than those who are less active. One of the most potent cancer-fighting weapons is running. Running 50 minutes per week—equivalent to a six-mile run or two 5Ks can considerably ward off risks of colon, prostate, lung, or breast cancer.

Running Works the Core

Your lower body is not the only part that feels the benefits of running. It also strengthens the core including muscles responsible for stabilizing the stomach and spine. Having a strong core sets a solid foundation for strength throughout the body.

Running Makes the Brain Resistant to Stress

Running is known to immediately reduce the activity in the frontal cortex of the brain, which boosts cognitive performance and mood. It’s known to improve the ability to make complex decisions by 70 percent A study has also found that aerobic exercises like running have antidepressant and lessens anxiety, which protects against the harmful consequences of stress. Next time, if you catch yourself stressed out from work, go for a run! Not only does it clear your mind but it also improves productivity.

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