by Dana Eldridge
(San Antonio, Texas, USA)
We all know that running improves fitness, but how much does it actually do to improve our general fitness and overall health?
There are so many benefits to running that there really is no reason why you shouldn’t be doing it. These benefits can also be applied to fast, brisk walking.
Running strengthens your heart! If you want a stronger heart then give it a work out. After all, the heart is a muscle as well and requires exercise to keep it strong enough to function correctly and efficiently.
Running can actually assist in preventing heart attacks. Did you know that the heart in an inactive person beats MANY more times in a day compared to a person who runs regularly?
In fact the sedentary person’s heart can beat up to 36,000 more times every day! That’s a lot of pumping, and you can really see how much more efficient the heart of a fit person can be.
Running improves fitness in other ways besides helping the heart. Running helps your lungs as well!
It allows the lung’s potential to be maximized, keeping them strong.
Running allows you to use ALL your lung capacity, rather than just half of it as we do in our everyday activities or if we are sedentary.
Whilst people always think that running is solely benefiting physical fitness, have you ever stopped to think about what it might be doing for your mental fitness?
It’s a well known fact that running gives you confidence, energy, vitality and decreases anxiety and depression. Well, it’s well known amongst those whose run! Non-runners spend millions of dollars per year trying to find that magic product that will rid them of their anxiety, stress and depression; all to no avail.
If they just spent 20 minutes per day running they would be amazed at the difference it will make to your overall mental state. You feel more relaxed and more energized. And all for free!
Running really is a magic fitness booster – both physical and mental.