So your New Years resolution was to loose wight or to start getting fit. First thought gym, cycling or maybe running. Well here are some ideas on why running can be a great idea for getting fit and loosing weight.

  1. You loose the weight
    You just have to do 30 minutes of running to start loosing some weight. A 60 kg woman burns about 287 calories running at 10km per hour or 96 calories if you walk 5km per hour. Either way you can loose some cm
  2. You live longer
    Running one and a half to two hours a week can increase women’s lifespan by 5.6 years and men’s by 6.2 years, according to a major Danish study that surveyed 20,000 men and women over a period of 36 years.
  3. You Strengthen your bones
    Contrary to popular belief, running will not wreak havoc on bones. In fact, it can increase bone density and reduce your risk of osteoporosis. Essential minerals are sent to your bones to strengthen them during weight baring exercise such as running. These additional minerals help increase your bone density, especially the bones in your legs.
  4. Improves your sleep & boost enery
    Running can help regulate sleeping patterns and encourages better quality sleep throughout the nighttime.Increasing your heart rate several times a week is a powerful tool to boost one’s mood and make one feel more energized throughout the day.
    A study published in the journal Mental Health And Physical Activity found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week improved sleep quality by 65 per cent. Participants were also 65 per cent less likely to feel sleepy during the day.
  5. Stress Reliever
    Running helps to relax muscles and relieve tension in the body. Since the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels better so will your mind.
  6. Lifts your mood
    Several studies have found running can elevate mood and even ease depression, thanks to the release of feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Many runners even report an almost euphoric feeling known as “runner’s high”, which is natural and cheaper than therapy. Nothing better than a runners high – the reason we go back every time
  7. Lowers blood pressure
    Running on a regular basis can strengthen your heart’s ability to pump more blood with less effort. If your heart requires less work to pump blood, the force on your arteries decreases, lowering your blood pressure.
  8. Higher Self Esteem
    Running on a regular basis can promote a sense of self-worth and make you feel strong and powerful. By meeting small goals on the road you’ll feel better about your appearance and feel a great sense of achievement. Set those goals get out on the road and see a different you

With all the races out there at the moment you have no excuses. You make your own time to run and there is no road that cannot be run on. Looking for a running club to help you reach your goals look no futher contact us for more information