Whether you're running into summer or winter this season. Here is 6 reasons to keep it going!!
No.1 Runners High
Also known as being “in the zone”. Once you get past the tough part, you literally run into this blissful state of motion. It’s hard to explain, but you know it when you get there because you can run for miles on this.
How exactly does it make us happy?
Running is a form of aerobic exercise which helps to release chemicals one of those being endorphins which create a mood-raising high. A recent study in 2012 found that just 30 minutes of running during the week for three weeks boosted sleep quality, mood, and concentration during the day.
Ever heard someone call running their “drug”? Well, apparently, it actually is pretty similar. A 2007 study in Physiological Behavior showed that running causes the same kind of neurochemical adaptations in brain reward pathways that also are shared by addictive drugs.
No.2 'me time'
There is no boss, no partner, or nagging children just you and pavement. Although it can be fun having a running partner it keep the pace up with, running alone gives you a great opportunity to think. Many runners process the issues of the day with several kms on the open road. You have enough time alone to work through whatever bothers you, and by the time you’re home again, you’ll feel mentally refreshed.
No. 3 Weight Maintenance
Ever heard the words VO2 Max or EPOC being thrown around? The first one is your maximal oxygen uptake during exercise. Although the fitter you are the higher your VO2 don't stress just exercising at about 70% of your Max (slightly faster than easy pace) has been shown to give weight loss benefits.
You know that exercises burns calories while you’re working out. The bonus is that when you exercise, the burn continues after you stop. This is due to the latter EPOC, which stands for excess post oxygen consumption. Studies have shown that regular exercise boosts “afterburn”—that is, the number of calories you burn after exercise.
No. 4 Strengthens your Bones
Weight bearing exercise such as running increases our bone density. Exercise also increases the size, strength and capacity of our muscles. However exercise must be regular and ongoing to have a proper benefit. Our bones become stronger when a certain amount of impact or extra strain is placed on them.
No. 5 Reduces your risk of cancer
Maybe running doesn’t cure cancer, but there’s plenty of proof that it helps prevent it. A vast review of 170 epidemiological studies in the Journal of Nutrition showed that regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers. What’s more, if you already have cancer, running can improve your quality of life while you’re undergoing chemotherapy.
No. 6 Eat Healthier
Once an exercise program is commenced people often make healthier choices when it comes to the meals and snacks. Exercise also provides an opportunity to be away from food, and with an increase in mood post exercise people are less likely to boredom eat, emotionally eat or reward themselves.