By R. Amadeus Mason, MD, Emory Healthcare Orthopedist and runner
Running is a great activity that anyone can do at any age; it improves your physical and mental well-being.
Health Benefits of Running
- Running burns more calories than any other form of cardiovascular exercise, except cross country skiing.
- Running can prevent bone and muscle loss since it promotes the release of human growth hormone.
- Running can reduces the risk of stroke, heart attacks by lowering blood pressure, raising good cholesterol and increasing the heart’s efficiency.
- Running can improve overall health by boosting the immune system since it creating more lymphocytes.
Mental Benefits of Running
- Running can improve attitude and approach to life since it results in the release of endorphins. The same chemicals that are released when you laugh or eat chocolate.
- Running can build self confidence by helping you feel empowered as you realize incremental training goals.
- Running is a great stress reliever allowing you to focus your energies on something other than your current situation – the rhythm of a steady run can be quite soothing almost hypnotic.
- Running (especially long distance running) can improve your focus and self discipline which can build perseverance to deal with difficult situations and circumstances that you might have otherwise avoided.
Community Benefits of Running
- Running can be very social, develop a group of friends with the same interests.
- Running can be philanthropic, with participation in races that contribute to the betterment of society – such as Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Charles Harris Run for Research.
All in all running is a great way to stay fit both physically and mentally
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