Running… I always say it’s like coffee. It’s generally an acquired taste, and something that, once you’re hooked on, you’re addicted to.
For some people, this isn’t the case, but it has been my experience and that of many others I’ve talked to over the years.
Now, I know there are many people out there who run, and there are many variations of how often they do it. Some people run once a year, and others run three times a day.
No matter how often you run, we can all learn a little more about it, and the benefit of doing it frequently. With this being said, in this blog, I’ll be educating you on why running on a daily basis is good for you… Let’s get into it!
Health Benefits of Running on a Daily Basis
Below are some of the benefits of running daily:
1. Eases Stress
Whether you’re in school, working a full-time job, staying home with the kids, and so on, we all deal with stress. Some people handle stress by listening to music, and others handle it by simply taking a nap. Although there’s no “right” way to deal with stress, running can be a huge help in easing it.
2. Reduces the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Running strengthens your heart, and because of this, people who run frequently typically have a lower resting heart rate. As a result of this, the heart is able to pump more blood per beat, making the organ more efficient and able to do its job with greater ease. This is what reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
3. Lowers the Risk of Developing Cancer
Running daily can help you maintain a healthy weight, and doing so lowers the risk of 13 different types of cancer. Let me repeat: 13 different types of cancer! If that’s not a reason to run daily, or to at least exercise daily, I don’t know what is!
4. Prevents Cognitive Decline
Running helps reduce inflammation in the brain, and more specifically, helps reduce the buildup of it. Reduction of inflammation in the brain resultantly reduces the risk of brain damage and the destruction of brain cells, which lowers age-related cognitive decline as well as the risk of the development of diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
5. Helps You Sleep Better
Last but not least, running daily can improve your sleep! Running is a physical activity that naturally tires you out, and with this, it can help you fall asleep faster. In addition, it can improve the quality of your sleep and reduce and/or relieve insomnia.
Go for a Run!
There’s plenty of upsides to running, and doing so on a daily basis is not only beneficial to your physical health, but is also beneficial to your mental health.
So, with all of this, I’d encourage you to go for a run! Whether it’s 5 minutes long or 50, put on some tennis shoes, get outside, start jamming to your favorite music, and move your legs. Your body and soul will thank you later, I promise.