Want to reduce your stress? Lace up your sneakers and hit the road. And that’s just one of the multiple benefits running can provide. One of the simplest forms of exercise, it can have positive effects on both mind and body.
- Mental benefits. Running helps release serotonin in your brain, a chemical that helps to relieve stress. The movement also boosts your circulation by increasing blood flowing to your brain. And consider that every time you reach a new milestone or break through another barrier, it elevates your self-esteem, making you feel more confident. In addition, many runners belong to groups, either physically running together or connecting online, encouraging each other to keep going, fostering a stronger sense of belonging.
- Physical benefits. Running has several physical benefits. Increased circulation helps increase your heart rate. Along with losing weight, running increases lung capacity, so power through those first few times of feeling out of breath.our body will adjust and you’ll start to breathe more easily. Running also helps boost the immune system through an increase of white blood cells, the disease fighters in your body. When done correctly, you improve your overall physical health by running.
- How to start? Find a program that works for you. Look online, look locally, download an app such as Couch to 5K and get moving. Make sure you have the proper equipment, especially supportive running shoes. Find a running buddy to keep yourself going, and note your progress to see what improvements you make. You don’t have to aim to be Usain Bolt. Just do what works best for you. Begin with that slow and steady, and you’ll get faster as you keep it up.
What are you waiting for? Get up and get running — you’ll see and feel the benefits before you know it!