There are so many benefits to running and it’s peculiar that more people aren’t doing it for the simple sake of good health. It may have to do with certain fallacies that work on the mind. Perhaps, it’s much to do with the “no time” excuse that plagues the rational mind. Maybe it’s the broken commitments of yesteryear working as a stymie for stepping forward. Whatever the case, today is a great time to make a start just by starting. A doctor’s okay is an errand away.
Weight bearing stress on joint, tendons, ligaments, and bones is good for the body. Yes, I said stress. The body requires stress as an inciter of the life force. Your body was built to move and thrive under eustress (positive stress). If you are over weight, this is an issue because excessive stress on the knees can cause harm to the menisci (cartilage) floating between the tibia and femur. Non weight bearing aerobic exercise will be a better option until normal weight is restored.
Blood moves rapidly throughout the body including your heart. Oxygenation at the capillaries is increased. Imagine a washing of arterial walls at your heart as blood races through the pulmonary and coronary arteries. With increased demand on the heart muscle, the coronary artery is asked to perform more powerfully.
Adrenaline is a hormone of which the secretion is increased during exercise and gets you feeling good. What a way to start the day! If you are one who can jump right out of bed and hit the streets, I tip my hat to you. However; by 9:30 am you’ve digested a nutritious breakfast with caffeine perhaps inspiring your strength.
Running burns calories and enhances the motility of the digestive tract. You’re life style is improved with better energy utilization and mental acuity.
Most municipalities have running clubs and welcome new members. Make new friends and access recreational races through these clubs which often times have a component associated with fund raising for good causes.