Never been a fan of running? We’re about to change your mind. Start chasing these awesome benefits of running.
Some 20 – 25 minutes of running can transform your mind, body, and soul.This is not an exaggeration. All these benefits are backed by various scientific studies.When you read about just one or two benefits, it is easy to overlook and continue with your sedentary routine.
1) Running Is Good for Your Heart
Running is the king of cardio. Running even five to 10 minutes a day, at slow speeds (how does a nice 12-minute mile sound to you?) is associated with a drastically reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, according to a landmark study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
2)A sharper brain
In a small study of young adults, seven weeks of running intervals boosted not only aerobic fitness but also cognitive flexibility—the brain’s ability to transition quickly between tasks.One potential mechanism: Running seems to boost levels of something called BDNF, or brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which stimulates the growth of new neurons.
3) Running makes you happier
No matter how good or bad you feel at any given moment, exercise will make you feel better. And it goes beyond just the “runner’s high”—that rush of feel-good hormones known as endocannabinoids. And even on those days when you have to force yourself out the door, exercise still protects you against anxiety and depression.
4) A lower risk of diabetes
The more you run, the more energy-generating mitochondria you sprout inside your cells, and the better those tiny power factories function. Mitochondria play a key role in helping your body transform glucose into energy, in part by regulating secretion of the hormone insulin.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists found that over six years of follow-up, runners decreased their risk of developing diabetes by 12 percent compared to people who didn’t work out.
5) Running Counts As Meditation
Many runners find that the time alone allows them to think and problem solve,” Hamilton says. “Taking a run-break from a stressful project can help you return feeling refreshed and insightful.” A mounting body of research shows that meditation can boost your gray matter, improve focus, and fight depression and anxiety.