For many when you hear the word running, you cringe at the thought. But studies have shown getting a good run in several times a week can help lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and lose weight. Check out some of the great facts I came across at Runners World:
Build Bone – Running strengthens bones better than other aerobic activities, say University of Missouri researchers who compared the bone density of runners and cyclists.
Think Fast – People who run said they made fewer mistakes, concentrated better, and were more productive on the day they were active.
Stay Sharp – A study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society reported that women who were active as teenagers were less likely to develop dementia later in life.
Sleep Tight – Insomniacs fell asleep in 17 minutes on days they ran, compared to 38 minutes on days they didn’t. They also slept for an extra hour on days they exercised.
Sneeze Less – People who exercise for an hour a day are 18 percent less likely to suffer upper-respiratory-tract infections than those who are inactive, according to a study from Sweden. Moderate activity boosts immunity.
Breath Easy – Researchers had asthmatics do two cardio workouts and one strength session a week. After three months, they reported less wheezing and shortness of breath.
To some it may seem like such a tedious task, however running offers many great health and well-being benefits that we should all consider. Even if you are just starting a fitness regimen, start with a brisk walk and work your way up to a light jog. Trust me your body will thank you later. I know am looking forward to a break in the weather so I can hit the ground running. I can feel a difference in my body when I do run and when I don’t, I just feel better overall and I hope you will too!