We're talking about running today in honor of National Running Day earlier this month!
It’s been said that exercise is a form of medicine. That’s definitely no joke! Simply 30 minutes of activity a day can do more for your body than you probably realize. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and so much more. So, is that it? Of course not! Running can not only help you physically, but mentally and emotionally.
1. Joint problems? Running helps strengthen you bones and promotes overall joint health, especially with knee pain. We know what you are thinking – running is bad for your knees though, right? Not necessarily. Studies have shown that people with bad knee problems do not usually have a history of running, where as those who don’t have knee pain at all do. The best thing you can do for yourself is find the right pair of shoes and make sure you are running correctly. Form is everything!
2. Running can help you in your weight loss journey. Everyone knows that cardio burns the most calories, even after your session – it’s called the “after burn.” You don’t even have to be running quickly to achieve this either! Run at a little faster than your slowest pace, but not quite as quick as your fastest.
3. Running improves happiness and overall mood. You have heard of “runners high.” Studies have shown that just simply those 30 active minutes a day can immediately improve your mood and the more you do it, the effects will soon become long-term.
4. Running will add years to your life and keep your mind sharp as you age. It’s plain and simple – a healthier body leads to a longer living body. Regular activity also regular exercise helps defeat age-related mental decline, particularly functions like task switching, selective attention, and working memory.
So there you have it, folks! Running is probably one of the best things you can do to your body. Not much of a runner yet but want to improve? Couch to 5K workout plans are good options. Remember to find a good pair of running shoes as well. For those of you in our area, our friends at On the Run in the Colonnade will be glad to help you find the running shoe fit for your needs!
Now get out there and hit the trails!