The benefits of running

A few weeks ago, we gave you some tips for learning to run. It wasn’t by chance, the benefits of this sport are many. In particular, it is one of the simplest and most effective activities to be in good shape, and all at a very low cost. If you are not convinced, we have prepared a list with all the advantages of running.

It’s very easy

The first benefit of running is that you don’t have to be especially skillful or know complicated rules to wear. Virtually anyone can do it, unless they have a contraindicated disease. Anyway, as we usually comment on the blog, before you start exercising, in case of doubt it is always advisable to ask your doctor what you can do and what you can’t do.

Requires almost nothing

You don’t need to go to sports facilities or buy expensive equipment. With a good pair of sneakers and normal sportswear you can go running almost anywhere. You just have to worry a little about your safety and avoid areas travelled by vehicles.

Burns a lot of calories

Running is one of the most recommended activities to lose weight, precisely because it is one of the sports that consumes the most calories. And you don’t have to go at a hectic pace to see the effects. With moderate pace running (even walking fast at first), you’re already burning fat. As long as you’re consistent and regular in your physical activity, you can see quick results.

Reduce stress

Running, like other types of physical activity, has a relaxing effect soon after starting the effort. Any tensions you may have because of work or personal worries are gone right away.

In addition, if you have chosen to run outside, you benefit from a double effect of change of scenery and change of activity, something very conducive to thinking in a more creative and reflective on the issues that matter to you.

Improves physical condition

One of the greatest benefits of running is also often the main reason to start practicing this sport: to achieve a better physical condition. Regular physical activity tones the body, and after a few days there is a clear improvement in the feeling of well-being with the body. One feels lighter, more agile, less tired, and many tasks of daily life seem much easier.

Reduces health problems

We’ve already talked about the health benefits of physical activity, and of course running has the same advantages. In particular it reduces the risk of obesity (and all the diseases associated with being overweight), as well as decreases the likelihood of problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or stroke. Not to mention that exercise strengthens bones, providing them with calcium.

I like to compare sport with maintenance done with mechanical elements. If there is not enough physical activity, our organs are not maintained enough, and therefore the risk of breakdown increases.

It even reduces the probability of having knee problems.

Running is often associated with knee problems. Well, in reality, running tends to reduce the risk of incidences with the joints. Along with aging, the main cause of joint damage is overweight. Since people who run regularly tend to lose weight, in the long run they protect their joints.

That’s not to say you don’t have to be careful. Running can mean hurting your knees if it’s not done correctly. In particular, people who are already a little overweight should start walking fast to lose weight for a while. If they were to run directly, exercise combined with excess weight could have traumatic effects on their knees.

Makes you feel better.

The psychological benefits of running are numerous. You feel good at the end of a training session, thanks to the released endorphins. You feel good psychologically after a while because you have improved your physical condition. You also get a lot of satisfaction when you manage to overcome difficulties and effort, and get the results you want. All this helps to increase your self-esteem and makes you feel better day by day.

You will live longer and better

If you combine points 5 (improves physical condition) and 6 (reduces the risk of disease), you get an increase in life expectancy as well as quality of life. And that’s fine, because living longer makes more sense if you’re healthy.

It should be noted that we are talking in statistical terms. There will be people who do not take care of themselves at all and live many years, and others who practice sport and die young because of the disease. However, one of the benefits of running is that it significantly improves your odds.

You’ll sleep better

If occasional intense physical activity is incompatible with a good night’s sleep, regular sport helps you rest. So if you were wondering how to sleep better (and hadn’t read the article we did a while back), you can try running a little every day. After a few days you will notice the difference.