Running Benefits You May Not Know About

Running Benefits You May Not Know About

Improved cardio endurance, disease prevention, weight loss -- if you run on a regular basis, you are probably well aware of the obvious benefits you earn as a result of your workouts. Although, running can also provide less apparent benefits that you may not be as familiar with. Find out about the additional perks that come along with your running sessions.

  • Stress management: Running helps to decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol while increasing the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters (known as endorphins). What's even better is that you don't need to run 20 miles to get the benefits. Even just a few miles can go a long way when it comes to managing your stress levels.
  • Improved confidence: There are strong correlations between goal setting and improved confidence levels. If you've finished a few 5K events, maybe you want to start training for a half marathon. Or, if you’ve finished a few half marathons, maybe it's time to start training for your first full marathon. The act of setting ambitious, but achievable goals can have a positive impact on your overall feelings of confidence, happiness, and life satisfaction.
  • Better mood: Did you know that even just a single 30-minute exercise session is capable of lifting your spirits if you're depressed? It's true. The exercise effect, such as that produced by running or jogging, is capable of putting you in a better mood and may help ward off panic attacks.
  • Glowing skin: When you increase your circulation with cardio activity, a greater amount of oxygen and nutrients are delivered to your skin. This helps to enhance collagen production and repair skin cell damage.
  • Immune system boost: Light or moderate running helps to boost your immune system by circulating disease-fighting cells throughout your body faster. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends exercising 3-5 days/week at 55%-65% of your maximum heart rate for 20-60 minutes to enhance your immune system.
  • Improved sleep quality: According to studies published by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, a regular exercise routine, including running or jogging, contributes to improved sleep quality.

Now that you know about the additional benefits that come along with every run, you might want to lace up your running shoes more often. Plus, you can pick up a Run's Done sports towel seat cover to keep you dry and comfortable after every workout.


Debbie Hanson is an award-winning freelance writer, blogger, and runner based in Estero, Florida. Her publishing credits include several outdoor-related web sites and magazines including USA Today. In addition to multiple 5K running events, she has completed the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, Naples Daily News Half Marathon, and looks forward to tackling her first full marathon within the next two years.





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