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Chasing Down the Benefits of Running

By Donna Stark

I always admire the runners out there. They can be seen at all hours during the day, no matter the weather, showing everyone just how committed they are to their fitness goals. Running is something that most people can do, as long as their body is up for it, because it really isn’t anything that requires above-average strength or skill. All you have to do is decide to get up, stretch your muscles, start jogging, and then pick up the pace. And since it’s something that we all already know how to do, it may be an easy option for exercise. Now, this doesn’t mean you’ll be able to go from couch to marathon in a week, or even that running is a good choice for everyone, but it definitely is a form of exercise to consider if you want to get in shape.

Benefits of Running

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that running can provide.

  • Burns calories - Running helps to shed extra weight by burning fat and calories. With that said, it is important to remember that you will need to continue fueling your body with the right amount of food and the right kinds of food. Burning all of those calories does not give you a pass to eat junk food. Keep it healthy!
  • Relieves stress - Running plays an important role in maintaining good mental health by reducing levels of stress, depression, and mood disorders. Both exercise and being outdoors can be an incredible pick-me-up for so many, so it is easy to see how running can help with that.
  • Easy to fit in - No matter what your time constraints are for your workout, or if you are traveling, you can usually fit in a quick run. It’s easy, it can be as long as you want, you can run anywhere, and you don’t need to carry around a ton of equipment. Just grab your running shoes and head out the door!
  • Improves focus - Running gives you time to think and problem-solve, and improves your focus and creativity. Many people also liken it to meditation as it brings about clarity and calmness as well.
  • It’s addictive - Running is said to be addictive because it’s an exercise that leaves you feeling fulfilled and happy. And aren’t those the best kinds of exercises to get involved with, the ones that give you a sense of enjoyment and that keep you coming back for more?

We all know how to run, but if you are unsure if it is right for you, consult your healthcare provider before you start. You certainly don’t want to make things worse, but if you can do it, you also don’t want to miss the benefits that it has to offer. And who knows? Maybe it will be you one day, running in all kinds of weather, at different times during the day. It’s certainly a good addiction to have.

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

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