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It is undeniable that running and jogging is highly beneficial to your body and health in a multitude of powerful ways, that is probably why it’s one of the most popular form of aerobic exercises around! Just for fun, we’ve decided to conduct a little scientific survey, and ask our colleagues and our community of runners and joggers what exactly makes running so helpful and motivating for them.
1. Strengthens your Heart
Studies have shown that running helps to strengthen your heart, which is your body’s most important muscle. As your heart gets stronger, the more efficiently it can distribute blood around your body with each pump. This will in turn help improve blood circulation, lower your resting heart rate, lower your blood pressure, prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of heart diseases.
2. Boosts your Brain
James is a financial analyst, and he finds a good jog in the morning helps him calm his mind and boosts his ability for higher order thinking. This helps him make more informed and rational decisions at work. Well, no surprises there! Running increases your intake of oxygen and when your brain has enough oxygen, your cognitive function also improves.
3. Relieves Stress
Another popular reason that we all agree on is that running can really help control and relieve stress. It increases concentrations of a chemical called norepinephrine, which helps your brain respond better to pressure and tension. This can help stabilize your mood and reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed during stressful situations.
4. Improves sleep.
There is nothing better than falling asleep quickly, easily and deeply and feeling fully charged the next day. Did you know that running can help you stay in the “deep sleep” stage longer at night? This is the cycle where your brain waves slow down, and your brain and body rejuvenate itself. The better your brain and body rejuvenates itself, the more refreshed and energetic you will feel during the day.
5. Strengthens Bones and Joints
Kayla is a gymnast and an avid swimmer. Not only does she stretch daily to keep her body flexible, but she also incorporates a 30-minute jog every day in her workout routine. Running and jogging builds bone health as well as strengthen the ligaments in your body. This helps to support your joints and reduce your risk of injury.
6. Low Carbon Lifestyle
If you’re ecofriendly and all about protecting the planet like we are, a nice jog around the park or your neighborhood is definitely the way to go! Not only will you get the exercise you want, but you can do it while maintaining an environmentally friendly and low-carbon lifestyle.
7. Convenient and Inexpensive
Last but not least, it’s super convenient, easily accessible and one of the most inexpensive fitness exercise one can do! You can run anywhere, be it in the park, through the metropolitan area or simply around your neighborhood. Your running routes can easily be changed up and personally tailored to meet your needs and exercising goals. All you need is a comfortable shirt, a pair of running shorts, good sneakers and a secure running belt or fanny waist pack to store your phone and key.
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