What Are The Health Benefits of Running?

There are a million different exercises, routines, and techniques you can use to get fit these days. All you need to do is take a look in a modern gym to see the kind of equipment they have on offer, each giving you different health benefits. But sometimes, it really is good to take it back to basics. Running is one of the simplest activities we can do, and although it feels hard, our bodies are perfectly designed to do it. So why not consider adding running to your fitness routine?  Here are some of the benefits that it can offer: 

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It Burns an Amazing Amount of Calories

Being such a high impact activity, running burns more calories than just about any other type of exercise. If you want to get fit and become healthier, running is the way to go. It also means you can do more in a short space of time. If you don’t have lots of spare hours in the day going for a ten minute sprint, you’ll burn just as many calories that most activities take in half an hour or even an hour.

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You Can Experience ‘Runner’s High’

Runner’s high is a real thing; researchers have shown that this is the way our brain responds to running. It’s a hardwired response, most likely a result of when our ancestors needed to chase down and hunt food. The brain releases endorphins into the body letting you experience a natural ‘high’… which feels great! 

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You Can Do It Anywhere

Whether you prefer to exercise at the gym, at home or indoors you’re always able to run. Every gym will have treadmills. Alternatively, you could buy one yourself from a treadmill supplier, or a shop that sells exercise equipment. Better still, lace up your running shoes and go for a run outside! It’s an exercise that you can do anywhere, so whether your budget is big or small, running is an excellent way to get fit.

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It Improves Every Area Of Your Body

Running is incredibly good for the cardiovascular system, giving the heart and lungs a thorough workout. It improves bone strength and boosts immunity by oxygenating the blood and flushing out toxins more quickly. Plus running shapes and tones just about every area of the body. While running is focused on the lower body, it also tones your core, back, shoulders and even arms too. So as well as providing amazing health benefits, it also makes you look fantastic too!

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You Can Take It At Your Own Pace

Even if you’re not ready for marathons or sprints, the good thing about running is you can go at your own pace. You can even start by walking if you need to. Build up to a gentle jog, and eventually, push yourself to run for certain amounts of time. As you get fitter, you can increase this time until you’re able to run for longer distances.

Do you include much running in your fitness routine?

Daily Habits That Could Transform Your Life

Most people don’t realize that it’s the things they do every day that change their lives for the better. Some people think that good things just happen to people. They think opportunity knocks or just falls into laps. It doesn’t! Success is attracted to people who make the effort to attract it. It comes to people who deserve success. The people who take the steps everyday to improve, no matter what they are going through. If you want to transform your life in every area, the following daily habits are essential for your success:

Get Up With Enthusiasm

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When we get up each day with enthusiasm, we not only send a message to our brains but the world. If we struggle to get up every day, or resist it for as long as possible, we get into bad habits. We tell ourselves we don’t want to get up. Life isn’t good enough, not exciting enough. We want to change that feeling! By making a habit of getting up each day raring to start your day, whether you have much to do or whether it’s full of mundane tasks, you’ll get into good habits. Your life will almost start to improve by default. You want to send a message to the world that you love your life! When you get up enthusiastically each day, this is what you do. If you struggle to get out of bed, here are tips that can help you:

  • Have water by your bed ready to drink when you wake up. It should perk you up and stop you feeling fatigued.
  • Have your alarm clock away from your bed, preferably so you have to get up to turn it off.
  • Make your bed as soon as you get up so you’re not tempted to climb back in.
  • Brush your teeth to help wake yourself up. Do this before you eat anything.

Meditate

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Meditation is becoming more well known (I wrote a detailed blog about it!), and all kinds of people are using it. It isn’t just for hippies. Successful business men and women are now using meditation to improve their lives and minds! By taking just 5-10 minutes each day to sit comfortably in silence, you could experience many benefits. You can feel more alert, creative, and inspired. You could actually come up with answers to questions that have been plaguing your mind. Getting into this habit will benefit your life in many ways.

Get Some Exercise

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Exercise isn’t just for people who want to lose weight. Exercising does not mean you have to spend hours bored-to-death running on the treadmill. By getting a little exercise before you start your day, you can feel so much more focused and prepared for what the day throws at you. Even if you just go for a short walk around the block, it should clear your mind and help you prepare to do your work or tackle the day’s projects. There are other benefits too, of course, such as weight and fat loss, muscle gain, improved health and fitness, and less chance of developing illness and disease.

Eat Healthy Foods

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Healthy foods will help you to feel more energized. They’ll change the way you feel, act, and think. If you fill your diet with unhealthy foods, you will feel tired and sluggish. This isn’t to say you can’t have treats, but you should make moderation something you pride yourself on. You should also include things like fresh herbs and spices. Having between 2 and 2.5g of turmeric per day is said to be beneficial – and it tastes great.

Work On Your Self Development Each Day

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Working on your self development each day will make you a better person. This is the kind of thing you need to do, whatever your goals may be. Make sure you read more self development books (I have a ton of suggestions!) – they will give you invaluable advice to help you through life. Go to classes and seminars, focusing on learning as much as you can. Get to the root of your problems and work them out. Control your emotions by learning where they’re coming from and learning to work with them. All of these things will make you a much better person!

Be Grateful

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Make sure you’re grateful, even if you don’t feel like you have that much to be grateful for. The fact you’re alive is enough to be grateful for! Look around you. Be grateful for a roof over your head. Great friends and family. Money in the bank, even if it’s not much. The more you are grateful, the more you’ll find to be grateful for.

Change your life today with these daily habits!