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:
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?