Benefits of Running

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Many people start to run in efforts to lose weight, stay in shape, tone their legs or improve body composition. These are great potential benefits from running, but not the only benefits and many are not physically seen.

One of the greatest benefits of being a runner is that it strongly contributes to the overall health of a person not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. Some of the potential benefits include improved cardiovascular and respiratory health, reduced incidences of cardiovascular and respiratory disease, and increase in cardiovascular fitness, reduced blood cholesterol, and increased bone density. Running has also been shown to reduce incidence of stroke and breast cancer.

In some cases regular running has become a treatment option for doctors to prescribe to patients who are at a high risk, or early stages, of osteoporosis, diabetes, and hypertension. It reduces the risk of heart attacks, by strengthening the heart and lowering blood pressure. As in all forms of exercise, running can also effectively slow or reverse the effects of aging.

Outside of improving your life physically running can also help build self confidence, relieve stress, and many runners report feeling an elated, euphoric state, commonly referred to as "runner's high. Therapists frequently recommend running for people with clinical depression and those coping with addiction. Running could even be a way to meet people or to compete with others in races. All of these contribute to the overall health of a person.