Benefits of Running


Benefits of Running

The famous economist John Maynard Keynes famously said: “In the long run, we are all dead.” But fortunately, he wasn’t talking about the sport and exercise of running. Running is today known as one of the best things you can do to benefit yourself in both the long and short terms. Here are 6 ways that running benefits you:

Helps fight obesity

Running is known to be one of the best exercises to burn body fat. The best part about running is the simplicity of this exercise. The technique is not complicated, and there are hardly any barriers to practicing it. Running is an ideal exercise for those carrying excess flab under their skin and around their visceral organs. A daily run slowly chips away at this stored fat, and brings you closer to your ideal body weight.

Improves sleep

A good run can be the difference between insomnia and a deep, restful sleep. An over-stimulated or stressed body finds it difficult to drift into sleep. A body worked out by running and muscular effort, however, will find it much easier to fall asleep to rest and recover. According to many researches, regular exercise delivers better results than sleeping pills, and without the disturbing side-effects.

Strengthens the immune system

Regular exercise has the priceless advantage of improving immunity. Regular, moderate exercise strengthens immunity and supplements the body’s natural defense mechanisms against disease. A regular run improves the chances that weaker viruses and bacterial attacks don’t cause disease, so that drugs are not needed. Additionally, regular running improves your chances of improved gut function, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and heart function. It also keeps away a hoard of dangerous, chronic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension.

Improves cardiovascular health

Running and regular exercise improve the circulation of the blood. This maintains vascular health by strengthening the lungs and the heart. Running puts ‘controlled stress’ on your heart and lungs which will become stronger in time. In other words, running regularly conditions the heart and lungs to take on an increasing amount of pressure without collapsing.

Relieves stress and anxiety

Daily stressors and busy lifestyles can cause anxiety. The heart races and the mind works overtime to solve problems beyond its control. Often, this condition escalates into depression, and a debilitating state. In 2015, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges put out a report calling exercise a ‘miracle cure’. Running helps silence the uncomfortable ‘chatter’ within the brain and stimulates the body to release relaxing endorphins to product a calming effect.

Strengthens the Bones and Joints

Running is known to increase bone health by improving the density of minerals in bone tissue. When the muscles pull on the bones during strenuous aerobic activities like running, the regular stress stimulates bone development. Running at an earlier age, especially for women, retards the development of osteoporosis (the condition of weakened bones) in advanced years.

While it is proven that running is undoubtedly beneficial for the body, it should be noted that excessive running can cause accelerated wear and tear in the body. Any exercise routine should ideally be developed after consulting a registered doctor or a certified trainer.

The only time running is not good for you is when you are running away from facing your problems. For all other times, run in the name of health.


Baton Vascular Specialty Center
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

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