Specialists recommend that we make at least 30 minutes of exercise every day during the working week. This sums up to about 150 minutes of exercise each week, but what type of exercise is best? Well, as long as it’s movement any type of exercise would count, but many specialists recommend running.
Why is running so special? First of all, it doesn’t require too much equipment and you don’t need planning to do it. You simply go out and start running – it’s as simple as that. You’ll only need comfortable clothes and shoes and you’re set. Even more, anyone can do it!
If this doesn’t convince you, take a look at the science in this area. According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, even 5 to 10 minutes of moderated daily running can extend your life by a few years. So what do you say?
The benefits of running
Even though it’s so dead-simple, running has a wide range of mental and physical benefits. Below we’ll only mention the most important ones but we also challenge you to go out there and discover the rest.
#1: It boosts your mood
Running (like any form of exercise by the way) helps to release endorphins which lead to a more relaxed and happy you. According to recent studies, even 30 minutes of treadmill walking can boost your mood so don’t be lazy!
The best part is that, if you do it long enough, running becomes addictive – and this is not a figure of speech. Studies show that runners and drug addicts share the same reward pathways in the brain. The only difference is that running is actually healthy and recommended.
#2: Better heart and circulation
Running is a cardio workout which trains the heart and makes the blood flow. So, if you want a more powerful heart, it’s time to hit the park. It doesn’t even have to be high-intensity running, the regular 30 minutes will suffice.
#3: Better mental functions
As we age, our brain starts to decline and you are slowly feeling that you are losing it. If you don’t want to end up in a home, stiff from all your joints, running is one of the best ways to do it. Actually, many people start running in their 50s and thank their lucky star for starting. Running keeps the brain well-irrigated and sharp, improving areas like attention, concentration, organization, and planning.
#4: Better knees and joints
Recent studies proved that there is no correlation between knee problems and running. Actually, running makes your knees stronger and adds bone density.