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The May Benefits of Running (Other Than Weight Loss)

If you have been looking to shed a few pounds, you have more than likely considered taking up the habit of going for a daily run as something to help you out with this important health goal. After all, why shouldn't you consider running, since it is a great, inexpensive, and relatively easy way to improve your health by helping you to lose weight over time? With proper discipline and dedication, going for a run on a daily basis can really benefit your health in more ways than one, as it turns out.

Whether you are aiming to lose weight or not, there are many reasons why running should be at the forefront of your physical and mental health routine, as I learned after coming across a very informative article post by Huffington Post Health. Here is what I learned from the article. 

The physical health effects and benefits of running do not begin and end with weight loss. It actually turns out that running can also greatly improve your sleep. This is because getting any sort of adequate exercise each day is enough to regulate your circadian rhythm and your sleep wake cycle so that getting to sleep and waking up becomes a much easier routine for your body to follow regularly. What's more is that, over time, sticking to a routine of running every day (or at least multiple times a week) canserve to strengthen your muscles and even improve the flexibility and overall health of your joints. What's not to love?

However, the health effects and benefits of running can often go far beyond the physical. In fact, running has been known and even scientifically proven to provide a vast amount of help towards a person's emotional state, not to mention their overall mental health and well being. Patients who are suffering from depression, or are even just temporarily experiencing symptoms that are related to depression, have been found to enjoy a very noticeable decrease in these symptoms simply by adding a jog into their daily routine.

Scientific studies have show that a run can be just as effective as an anti-depressant, if not even more so. Even if you are fortunate enough to not suffer from any sort of mental illness or mental health issue, your mind can still greatly benefit from running. The release of endorphins from running is often enough to kickstart your day in a positive manner.

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