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Jog Your Way to Improved Health

By Donna Stark

It's natural to feel inspired to lace up your running shoes and hit the road when you see others getting fitter and stronger by doing the same, but what if you are not at the same level as they are? In other words, if your runs are a little bit more like a really fast walk, will you be able to reap the same benefits? The answer to that question is yes! It's important to know that you don't have to be a marathoner to see results and that your slow, steady jog can still have a huge impact on your overall health and wellness. Take a look at a few of the benefits you will receive by incorporating more jogs into your fitness routine.

Heart Health

There is no doubt about it, running is great for the heart. In fact, the hearts of runners are more efficient than those who lead a sedentary life, which makes sense when you remember that your heart is a muscle. Here are some of the ways running can improve heart health.

  • Reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Strengthens the heart
  • Minimizes its workload

Stress Management

Taking care of your daily work and home responsibilities is important but so is your health and well-being so don't make the mistake of pushing your exercise to the side when life gets stressful. Instead, continue with your plans of going for a jog. Running encourages the release of chemicals in the body that help the way your brain responds to stress. You will naturally think more clearly which will help you focus on what really is important.

Quality Sleep

Running boosts serotonin, a chemical in the body that promotes improved sleep, so if you struggle with getting the rest your body needs, you may want to go for a short jog every day. Whether that jog is around your neighborhood or on the treadmill you will find your sleep becomes more restful and peaceful after doing so.

Brain Health

Cardiovascular exercise is great for the brain too! It helps improve brain function by enhancing decision-making skills, critical thinking, and memory. On top of that, it can improve your focus and creativity. If you find yourself dealing with brain fog or mental blocks more often than you would like, jogging could be the answer!

Jogging to Improved Health

Incorporating more runs (or jogs) to your daily fitness routine is a great way to improve your overall health and wellness, so go ahead and join the others! Grab your shoes, lace them up, and hit the road. You won't be sorry for doing so!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Edmond, Okla.

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