How Running Affects Your Body

February 12, 2018  |  
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I never used to think that I’d be into running. When I’d be taking my leisurely stroll down a jogging path with my little dog, I’d see people jog by, look at their faces, and think, “They look miserable! Why do they put themselves through that?” I guess I was being a bit judgmental—the expressions on their faces didn’t fully belie what they were really feeling. When I did get into running, after the first day, I thought, “That was awful. I’m out” but then I woke up the next day and…wanted to do it again? What?? It’s a little bit like giving birth: when you’re doing it, you say, “Ill never do this again!” but when you’re done, all you notice are the happy feelings you get, and you forget about the pain. Mothers who hate that analogy, forgive us. Here is how running regularly affects your body.

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Make your workouts freer

First of all, you might start exercising more if you integrate running into your workouts because running doesn’t tie you to the gym. You can run anytime, anywhere. So there goes that, “I don’t have time to drive to the gym” excuse.

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Reduce the risk of breast cancer

Exercising regularly—particularly adding a couple of sessions of strength training like running to your weekly routine—can significantly reduce one’s risk of breast cancer.

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Improve digestive function

Studies have found evidence that suggests that running alters the microbes in our guts. The result could be that our bodies repair colon and intestinal tissue damage quicker.

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Prevent Alzheimer’s 

Recent studies have found that running can reduce one’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Jogging at least 15.3 miles a week can reduce the risk by 40 percent.

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See a change in your face

Many runners report seeing fat loss in their face before anywhere else on their bodies, resulting in a more sculpted, angular appearance.

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Increase longevity

Even running for just at a little bit—around five minutes a day—could decrease your chance of dying from heart disease. Some studies suggest for each hour of running you complete, you add seven hours to your life.

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Get a strong midsection

Running strengthens your core tremendously! This can improve your posture, and make you less prone to injury when you’re just carrying out daily tasks.

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Create a healthier complexion

When you run, you sweat, and when you sweat, your release toxins and gunk that have been clogging up your pores. That could be why many runners see an improvement in their complexion.

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Burn so many calories

You can burn around 100 calories in one mile of running. So if you run three miles each day, you’re easily knocking out 300 calories a day—and over 2,000 a week!

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Wake you up

A small jog when you’re feeling tired can perk you up and kill that fatigue. It can give you prolonged energy to get you through the day, without the use of caffeine.

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Boost your confidence

Setting and reaching goals plays a large role in one’s self-confidence. Deciding to run each day, and carrying that out, can boost overall self-confidence—and it’s a sustainable way to do it (more than, for example, plastic surgery).

Your blood pressure has risen

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Reduce blood pressure

If your doctor has told you that your blood pressure needs some work, hit the pavement. Running regularly can reduce blood pressure.

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Make you more flexible

Running can make you more flexible, which also makes you less prone to injuries during other activities.

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Make you more positive

Everyone knows that running releases endorphins. If you’ve been on the negativity train lately, try running and you may quickly see the brighter side of life.

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Reduce stress

Research has found that regular exercise like running can actually reconfigure your brain, creating new cells and helping you fight off stress more efficiently.

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