The benefits of running
How it's good for your heart, your head, your immune system: discover the main benefits of running
Of all fitness activities, it is the simplest and most straightforward. All you need is a pair of suitable shoes and little else to start running. This is probably why today’s running population has grown to a veritable army of enthusiasts, with more than 170 million people worldwide, including Sunday amateurs and professionals running half-marathons and marathons.
But it will also be, and in this article, you will find out that running is good for you and running has countless benefits that can bring profound changes not only in your physical condition but in your life.
The interesting thing about running is that it allows you to achieve very important results in a very short time, which is visible even to beginners. And there are quite a few people who, after starting completely from scratch, can run competitions such as marathons in not too long.
As in all fitness activities, regular and consistent training is a prerequisite for achieving important and lasting results. But let’s take a closer look at the important benefits of running.
Heart and more
As you will see in the next paragraph, running is good for the heart. And this is a fact that everyone is more or less familiar with. Few people know that running is also perfect for balancing your peace of mind. Running produces better oxygenation of the tissues and brain cells, banishes anxiety and stress, and improves intellectual capacity.
That’s right. Scientific studies have shown that a brain under stress does not assimilate as well as it should. This is why anything that lowers stress levels helps the learning process at any level, including in everyday work.
Not only that. Efficient oxygenation significantly slows down cell and tissue aging processes, improving the quality of life of the youngest and the oldest.
Moderate training improves the efficiency of the cardiovascular system
Regular workout sessions help to improve not only the respiratory system but also the cardiovascular system. Studies have shown that regular weekly exercise that does not overtax the body through overtraining contributes positively to heart and circulatory health.
Running significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Running is the most effective natural antidote to the harmful effects of a sedentary lifestyle, which tends to have a negative effect on heart rate.
A resting pulse rate that is too high has negative effects on heart health in the long term. For this reason, running increases the number of beats per minute and helps to train the heart, and lowers its resting pulse rate.
Losing weight by running, even when stationary
Running helps to burn excess calories. Running is not only effective for your heart health, it is also decisive in improving your relationship with the scales. Running generates mechanisms that are activated not only during the run but also after the end of the training session. This is known as the ‘afterburn effect’.
What is this? It is a consequence of the lack of oxygen we experience during exercise, which is compensated for by the body once the exercise is over.
Basically, during the most intense phases of training, the body responds by producing the oxygen it needs to maintain the effort, taking some of it away from other organs that do not need it at that moment. Once the effort is over and therefore at rest, the system continues to work to bring the situation back to the pre-exercise situation while burning energy and calories without any physical effort involved.
As with all sports, the advice is always to adapt your efforts to your physical condition without overdoing it: the benefits of running can be achieved with just half an hour a day, starting with three training sessions a week.
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