I hate running. To me, it doesn’t even classify as an exercise. Exercising equals weight lifting, calisthenics, or interval training.
Exercising is blood pumping through your muscles and your heart drumming a ridiculously fast beat. Not that side-stab inducing activity called running. I mean, who wants to do a forty-five minute activity where all you do is feel a slow-burn in your lower body while unleashing rivers of sweat?
But despite all my hate for running, I can’t deny its benefits. So here are the top four reasons why I am taking up running.
Accelerates Fat Loss
It’s a well-known fact that running helps you lose fat. The amount of muscle used in an exercise is directly proportional to the amount of calories burned per minute. So because it’s a full-body exercise, running turns you into a fat-burning machine. And that’s not all. Running also allows you to burn more calories after your workout has finished.
Strengthens Your Bones
There’s a lot of talk about how running is bad for your bones. The opposite is true. The continual pounding on the pavement actually strengthens your bones and joints. Since strong bones and joints lead to more increased mobility and muscle mass, running is a plus for anybody.
Good For Heart Health
Running is a type of aerobic exercise (also known as cardio), because it is a light to moderately intensive exercise in which you are able to inhale sufficient levels of oxygen while jacking up the heart rate and inducing blood flow throughout the body. The increased amount of cardiovascular activity (thus the nickname cardio) means it is the best way to improve your heart health. It lowers your resting heart rate, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Because of this, running is linked with overall longevity.
Helps You Live A Better Life
Not only does running help you live longer, it also gives you better quality of life. Running boosts your immune system, gives you more stamina, and helps you sleep better (probably because running makes you dead tired). Also, running releases serotonin and endorphins which elevates your overall mood. In addition, running helps you see better. How? I got no clue.
Running has many benefits. I’ve only listed the ones that I deem the most important, but, even then, the advantages of running are quite overwhelming. I strongly encourage you to take up running. And I’m doing just that . . . even though I hate it.