How Running Changes Your Life for the Better

Do you know running or jogging is a great way to improve your physical and emotional health? You can shape your body, but most importantly feel better from inside and out. When you get into this habit, running becomes an activity reserved solely for you. A highly useful tool to get fit, relax and decompress your emotions. Whether you are looking to engage in it as a hobby or you just want to add it to your workout routine, here are the ways how running changes your life.

How Running Changes Your Life for the Better


Have you heard of the runner’s high?. Runner’s high is used to describe the euphoric feeling runners feel at a certain point of their run.

I personally remember the days when I put jogging and running to the test. I truly needed to boost my energy. Because I was always feeling tired and exhausted. I follow the simple technique of going out for running in the morning or after work for at least 15 minutes a day, and it works fabulously for me. Why don’t you try it? it really changes your life!

Your Mood Will Be Elevated


The burst of endorphins that accompanies running will surely elevate your mood. You will come back home renewed, you don’t need to believe me, try it.

I know some of you, may need more evidence to start taking action but keep reading…

According to a study[2] published in the journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, spending 30 minutes on a treadmill is enough to lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive disorder. Even participants who moved at a walking pace received the same mood-lifting benefit. This is telling you that moving has positive effects on the body you just need to accelerate your heart rate.

A running workout routine certainly will improve your mood, creativity and help fight depression.

Helps You Lose Massive Weight In No Time


If losing weight is part of your interest, running is an excellent way to burn extra calories. At a pace of about 12 minutes per mile, a 160-pound person can burn up to 606 calories in an hour while a 200-pound person will burn 755 calories in the same hour. Not bad, right?

This activity really can help you achieve your weight loss goal. Going a bit faster to about seven and a half minutes a mile, those people would burn 861 and up to 1074 calories, respectively.

However, to lose weight while running you have to be consistent, commit to the goal, and trust the process. Don’t expect to lose weight overnight and set your goals to something you can manage.

Instead of saying I want to lose 20 pounds in a month, tell yourself, “I AM GOING TO RUN EVERY DAY FOR AT LEAST 10 MINUTES” that way you will not discourage yourself if you cannot meet your goal during that time. You can either choose to run outdoor or even indoor using a treadmill or a fitness trampoline.

NOTE: For those focusing on losing weight, you have to keep in mind that the most important variable is to burn more calories than what you are consuming. So, you need to start a daily calorie deficit. This is also a challenge, but I know you can do it!.

Running Will Calm Your Mind


Considering the mental fatigue we all face daily, a possible full-time job, dirty dishes, laundry, bills waiting for you to pay, meal preparation, kids, and probably more, all seem to be a monumental task to keep up. Believe me, exercising is one of the best ways to keep your mind sane. Don’t get me wrong, you can do something about it.

Only in the US, 40 million adults are affected by anxiety every year [3]. Your emotional health needs your attention because your mind controls your body. Doing cardio exercise helps you to be less reactive to stressors and to recover better from stress.

When you start jogging or running, you brain starts receiving more oxygen, your attention is focused on other tasks such as keeping your coordination and balance so you don’t fail. Is like lowering the volume of your mind.

Aerobic exercises are as important as eating for a healthier lifestyle. In another research study[4] running was discovered to boost reasoning in children and younger adults. Working memory, focus, and task switching are also advantages for older adults.

Your Brain is More Resistant to Stress


There are many studies[5] that have uncovered the fact that aerobic exercises can improve people’s ability to cope with stress. Researchers think this is due to the ability of aerobic exercises to increase the level of neurotransmitters and cause the brain to generate new neurons.

If you feel the need to better manage your stress level and with just adjusting your schedule a bit, you could have your life back. Per my experience, you will start seeing amazing changes in your mood and happiness as well as your ability to concentrate.

Here you have it, is not only me, science is telling you to exercise more to better manage stress. Don’t’t let this information pass you by start today.

You Become More Accountable Because of Running


Running can be a form of leisure-activity or just part of your normal workout routine. Whatever running is to you, you will agree that it takes commitment and accountability to get out of bed, show up for a workout session, or even appear on time for a group run. Running will keep you accountable which will feed your accountability in your non-running life too.

People who run with their little kiddos, tell us having kids is not an obstacle to run, you can always take them with a stroller, they even will appreciate spending some quality time with you and outside.

You will Sleep Better


Sometimes people start experiencing a lack of motivation, insomnia, bad mood and assume those symptoms are normal without knowing that this is your body language telling you to improve your habits. We are all living in a constantly changing world, we often need to deal with a lot of stress. That’s why we need quality sleep.

Every morning our body needs to wake up ready as a warrior to fight adversity and face those challenging situations. We need better sleep but, tell me who does not want that?

If you are part of the club to always run out of coffee or need the energy drink to start your morning, running is not only good for weight loss, science[6] is showing us that runners get better sleep than people who don’t run. In a study[7], a group of people was divided into two smaller groups. One group was told to add running to their routine while the other half did other exercises except running. To get the full benefits of running, the runner’s division ran for 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

After 3 weeks, those who were part of the running group were found to sleep better,

But there is even more, they showed signs of improved psychological functioning and improved focus.

Your Cardiovascular Health Would Improve


Cardio exercise is the one routine you cannot miss and the reason is simple. The more you run, the stronger your heart and lungs become. Most of us are guilty of a sedentary lifestyle so what makes running even more effective is that you don’t need to do a great deal of running before getting terrific results. Please know that as little as ten minutes of running a day would give you tremendous benefits.

For those thinking about their heart condition, Interesting research[8] disclosed that a group of people who ran 40 miles per week had healthier hearts than those who ran 13 miles a week. This should set aside your fear that extreme amounts of running could stress your heart. And, if you need to go easy on the joints, then different kinds of exercise machines will be your friend for a healthy and convenient running workout. A treadmill or even a fitness trampoline can help you keep on track.

Your Lifespan Will Be Extended


According to some research[9], getting an hour of movement makes people less likely to die from natural causes. What’s more, a study[10] published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology revealed that as little as five minutes of running per day could add years to your life.

What are you still waiting for? Get out there and start running.

Your Confidence Will be Boosted


Running not only makes you look good but also makes you feel good. Good looks have been discovered to naturally boost self-confidence.

Moreover, running tests your physical fitness, endurance, and agility. Overcoming this barrier through running will help you overcome other barriers in your life.

Your Eating Habit Will Improve and Become Healthier


Healthy eating and an active lifestyle go hand in hand. As your running life broadens, you’d discover that eating healthy will become second nature to you since nutrient-rich foods are needed to power your running.

Frequently Ask Questions

Can you lose weight just by running?
Of course! Nonetheless, you should remember that for you to lose significant weight, you need to be burning more calories than you are consuming. Simply put, a healthy diet plus running is equal to ultimate weight loss.

How long does it take for running to change your body?
In 3-4 weeks, you will notice changes in your body, major changes wouldn’t appear until 3-4 months. You should know, however, that for real changes to occur you need to be constant and committed, that is, running for 30 minutes a day and five times a week.

What will happen to your body when you run everyday?
Running every day is not ideal as your body would not get a chance to recover and this could lead to injury. You should take at least a day or two off in a week.

What running does to your body?
Running burns fat and builds muscles. When you are committed to running, expect a stomach as strong as steel and the peachiest butt you’ve ever seen.

Endpoint

Running boasts of a lot of benefits from physical to mental. These benefits would reward you well into your old age. To get the most out of the benefits of running, you need to start right away. What’s stopping you from running? Let’s hear from you in the comment section.

If you are an ardent runner you can tell us more by telling us how running has helped you in the comment section.

References

  1. Business insider: “8 key ways running can transform your body and brain”
  2. Effects of acute exercise on mood and well-being in patients with major depressive disorder
  3. Facts & Statistics, https://adaa.org/
  4. Benefits of regular aerobic exercise for executive functioning in healthy populations
  5. Effects of physical exercise on anxiety, depression, and sensitivity to stress: a unifying theory, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/- study, 2001 Feb
  6. The interrelationship between sleep and exercise: A systematic review (study) March 2017;
  7. Daily morning running for 3 weeks improved sleep and psychological functioning in healthy adolescents compared with controls
  8. Is running good or bad for your health?
  9. Business Insider: “One Type of Exercise is the Closest Thing to a Miracle Drug that we have – And New Research Suggests Intense Workouts aren’t The Only Option”
  10. Leisure-time running reduces all-cause and cardiovascular mortality risk, J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Aug,

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