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Running Is Good for Your Health in General

Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life. You can make small dietary changes and add in a small amount of physical activity every day to not only improve your health but increase your fitness. Running is a form of exercise that can help you improve your overall health and wellness, and you don't need to train for a marathon to receive the benefits. Running does more than just burn calories at a high rate; it affects the body in a number of positive ways. Even if you aren't ready to change your diet, you can start running and see improvements in your health and fitness levels in just a short time.

What Running Does for Your Body

When you first start running, you may feel that running does nothing but make your body sore. However, if you stick with running a few times a week for at least a month, you'll notice vast improvements in how you feel and how your body reacts to running. Your heart is one muscle greatly affected by running. When you perform cardiovascular exercise your heart pumps harder and faster to keep the blood and oxygen flowing through your body. Every time you run, your heart gets a little stronger and works more effectively. In turn, this helps keep the arteries open and blood flowing freely even when you're inactive. This can result in reducing high blood pressure, even allowing some people to get off blood pressure medication.

runner legs male Your lungs also receive a workout when running. Many of us don't use our lungs to their full potential. While running, your lungs are forced to expand and contract rapidly. This helps strengthen the respiratory system and can even help those experiencing trouble with breathing to improve their overall lung capacity.

Running for Weight Maintenance

Even if you just run a few times a week, you can usually maintain your weight without having to make any dietary changes. If you're severely overweight, you'll burn extra calories running and probably find that you lose weight quickly without dietary changes. The larger a person is, the more calories they burn while running. This allows overweight people to start a running regimen without having to go on a diet and still experience weight reduction. People within their normal weight range can maintain their weight by running without having to diet.

Running for the Social Benefits

The psychological and emotional benefits we receive when hanging out and running with friends affects the mind, self-esteem, and overall sense of well-being, something any health expert will tell you. Just being able to get outside and run is a mood lifter for some people. Other runners can also motivate you to push harder to meet your goals and be a successful runner. The feeling of pride that comes from completing your goals is just another benefit of running. Whether looking to improve your physical health or mental well-being, running is a great form of exercise that affects many aspects of your life.



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