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Benefits of Running

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/7/2006 | Sports
Benefits of Running

So, the doctor has advised you to start running. And now you are wondering whether it will be beneficial for you if you go for running. Well, be very sure that running is one of the best activities most people can do to improve their health. Now comes the question what are the benefits of running? If you run regularly, it can help you with weight loss, fighting aging and disease, and improvement of general health.

Start running right now, so that you can win the battle of the bulge. Whether you are obese or just want to lose those extra pounds, or even if you just want to maintain your current weight, a regular habit of running takes care of everything! Almost 60% of runners start running just because they want to manage their weight. It is one of the top activities for burning fat.

It is seen that if you run regularly it can also help you fight the aging process, by preventing muscle and bone loss, from which most of us suffer. When you constantly sit at a computer, your bones start becoming weak; running saves our bones by making them healthy. Moreover this also promotes the human growth hormone.

Can you believe that running actually reduces the risk of stroke and breast cancer. It can, actually. If you dont believe it ask your doctor. Nowadays, doctors prescribe regular running regimen for patients who are found to be at a high risk, or at an early stages of osteoporosis, diabetes, and hypertension. It reduces the risk of heart attacks, by strengthening the heart and lowering blood pressure. Running lowers blood pressure and maintains the elasticity of arteries really well because as you run, your arteries expand and contract nearly three times than they do usually.

Running raises the level of HDL that is regarded as good cholesterol, and thus reduces the risk of blood clots, and encourages use of the 50% of your lungs that usually go unused. It also boosts the immune system by creating a higher concentration of lymphocytes.

There are also many psychological benefits.

You can gain immense confidence by running since it will allow you to defeat trial after trial, growing stronger and surer of them with each foot strike. It also allows you to climb hills and clear obstacles. You have a feeling of power and freedom that comes with knowing that your legs and body are strong and capable.

Running serves as a wonderful stress buster.

Running gives you ample time to think about life's problems or to escape from them for a while. If you disturbed by a nagging problem try distant running. It really works! Go for running if you are angry or upset with someone. It is great for tearing through aggression and anger.

Running helps in the release of endorphins that can cause euphoria or just a general sense of happiness. Thats why the doctors use it for treating clinical depression and addictions of all kinds.

Thus running not only keeps your body healthy, it can also help in the training of the mind. It helps you to overcome the obstacles, and you learn focus and determination. The strength that your body and your mind achieves through long runs gives you focus and determination in other areas of your life.

So, take your doctors advice and start running right now. It will help you immensely in life.