You can easily see lot of people running/jogging on streets/playground in a group or alone during wee hours. Do they have winning Marathon in mind? Noooo, they are addicted to running, addicted to their fitness. Running is a fun part of their daily lifestyle. Public living in metro and urban cities has arguably the biggest number of serious fitness enthusiasts; they leave no stone unturned in caring for their health and wellness– age, sex no bar.
Just because running/jogging wasn’t fun for you in the past doesn’t mean it can’t be now. I get inspired from one of my Instagram friend, who keeps exploring different tracks like hilly terrain, creekside, jungle run etc. If you get bored by running on the same route, you can try different tracks for your run. Recently many fitness freaks has made a club like- Join the 5AM running club or Evening runner’s hub.. Seems persons who get bored by running alone or they try to motivate others, are making groups and clubs for running together.
Running/Jogging prolongs your life. Live example of this is my Dada ji, who is 105yrs old now. I saw him during my childhood, he used to walk briskly or run 5-10 kms everyday instead of hiring rickshaw or Auto for his works. I always saw him energetic and fresh. Evenafter his retirement he used to brisk walk around his farmlands daily.
If you want a long life, nothing beats running or Jogging– not even losing weight, but it’s also a good route to happiness and fancy toenails. Here are some Running or Jogging benefits which makes your life longer:
1. Running adds years to your life:
Running may be the most effective exercise to increase life expectancy, according to a new review and analysis of past research about exercise and premature death. The new study found that, compared to they run slowly or sporadically and smoke, drink or are overweight. No other form of exercise that researchers looked at showed comparable impacts on life span.
2. Cardio Fitness
A daily run develops a strong heart and lungs, and can improve your breathing technique. Running forces you to breathe deeply, exercising your lungs and boosting your heart rate. When you run every day, your body quickly adapts and begins to use oxygen more efficiently, which can help lower your resting heart rate.
3. Running helps you get fit
Whether you are looking to lose weight, boost your cardiovascular health or build muscle, exercise is indispensable. However, for exercise to be truly effective it needs to be an activity you enjoy and one that you can make a permanent part of your lifestyle. If you like to walk or jog, then stepping up your pace and running every day is a great way to get fit and feel good.
4. Combat Stress with Running/Jogging
Running/Jogging is very helpful when it comes to fighting stress. It helps put you in a more peaceful state of mind and helps promote an upbeat attitude. Jogging or running on a treadmill can give immediate tension release by helping the release of brain chemicals that have a calming effect on our emotions. These chemical are norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine. Exercise has been shown to affect at the cellular level by reversing some of the adverse effects of stress that are aging related. Jogging and the repeated pounding of your feet on the treadmill or pavement helps give us that peaceful state that allows us to shut out the world and just be alone with our thoughts. This can be a very soothing feeling, shutting out stressors while we are immersed in the joy of running. It also affords us the solitude to sort out some of our daily concerns with less distraction.
5. Helps prevent high blood pressure
Your arteries expand and contract while running, helping to keep your arteries fit which in turn keeps your blood pressure in a normal range. Running improves heart health by boosting circulation, maintaining blood pressure and reducing the risk of various heart related ailments.
6. Strengthens immune system
Regular running builds up your tolerance to germs which results in fewer minor illnesses. If you are a regular at your jogging track, then you will not suffer from health problems like allergies, cold, cough, flu etc. Regular running also helps boost your immune system and combats all kinds of diseases.
7. Running strengthens your knees (and your other joints and bones, too)
Unlike every other aerobic workout you can crank out in the gym, running is high impact, meaning it loads and remakes your bones along with your muscles. Regular running helps to strengthen your bones and muscles, thus lowering the risk of bone related diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis. Running also helps improve the bone density of our legs and hips.
8. Eliminate Depression
When you are depressed, the last thing you likely want to do is to get up and go for a run. Yet you will find that after only a few minutes of running, your brain will start to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood. In fact, there are few things in the world that can better or more rapidly treat depression than exercise such as running.
9. Make new friends
Tired of meeting duds at the bar? Check out local running groups or websites like Meet up and hit the road with other health-minded folks. So you can motivate yourself towards fitness.
10. Weight control, Bring sexy back
Running burns mega-calories. If you want to shed those extra kilos, then take up running. Running is an excellent form of exercise as it burns calories, but start slow to avoid injuries.
11. Improves digestion
Running helps to improve digestion and it aids appetite. You will tend to be hungry after a run, as it burns calories. So make sure you have a healthy snack.
12. Slows Ageing
Running helps, you look younger, not only by providing healthy bones but also by giving you healthy and glowing complexions. Running helps to lower down the risk of age related problems and gives you a strong body structure.
**NOTE: See your doctor for a check-up before you start a running program. This is especially important if you are over 40 years, are overweight, have a chronic illness or haven’t exercised in a long time.