There are a lot of fads in the fitness world, but running never goes out of style. While it may not be everybody's favorite form of exercise, knowing what clocking in those kilometers can do for you just may make you look at running in an entirely new light:
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1. You can do it right now. With running, you don't need fancy equipment or expensive gym memberships. All you need is a good pair of running shoes (like we need an excuse for new kicks) and you're set! It couldn't get much simpler. There's not much of a learning curve like there might be for other fitness activities. It's such a natural motion, humans have been doing it since the beginning of time. Sure, you may not have perfect form yet. But, you already know how to place one foot in front of the other and settle into a comfortable pace. Don't overthink it, your reflexes will just kick in!
2. Your body will thank you. Running consistently everyday (how does five to 10 minutes a day sound to you?), even at slow speeds, can give your ticker a world class workout. The faster you run, the harder your heart works and the stronger it gets. A few laps around your neighborhood help your heart function better, drastically reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Running also increases bone mass, and even helps stem age-related bone loss. Also, going on a run is similar to a dozen leg workouts in one, targetting all your leg muscles. Get ready to turn some heads!
3. And your brain, too. Apparently, the same bodily process which helps your body run more efficiently also improves memory and learning. You can increase your mental functions by running as it boosts blood flow to the brain, improving your attention, concentration, planning, and organizing game, making you more productive at work.
4. Happy > Stress. Runners are happy people. When you run, your brain pumps out feel-good chemicals that make a person more energetic, more awake and, yes, happier. Almost every runner experiences an elevated mood after running, and most will tell you that their moods tend to be gloomier when they don't run. Taking a run-break from a stressful situation can help you unload and reflect on what's going on. The repetitive, meditative quality of putting one foot in front of the other in a steady cadence is carthatic; it vastly improves your focus while boosting your gray matter, so you can return refreshed and insightful after your run.
5. It torches serious calories, like whoa. Running entails a lot of fuel (aka calories). The average runner burns 1,000 calories an hour during a flat terrain training session. Looking for a serious calorie torcher? Increase your effort with uphill runs.
6. You'll be glowy and radiant. As you run, blood circulates much faster than usual throughout the body, including our skin. This enhanced blood flow delivers a rich supply of oxygen and nutrients that boosts collagen production and removes toxins more efficiently, keeping your skin supple and smooth.
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