It is well-known that running is a great way to improve how you look and feel - it improves your cardiovascular system, clears your mind and can assist you with weight loss and improving body composition. Running is not the only way to exercise and should by no means be the only type of exercise you do - strength training and other forms of cardio are also hugely beneficial, however sometimes you may just want to escape the gym and hit the road to get some fresh air and to burn some calories!
Running will give you a total body workout and improve all aspects of your health.
We've put together our top 5 health benefits of running:
1) Heart and lungs - You can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 35 per cent with regular exercise. Running also improves your lung capacity, making your lungs more efficient and also strengthens your respiratory muscles. This helps to improve your cardiovascular fitness and keeps you fit and healthy in your day-to-day life.
2) Joints - Assuming you are running with proper form and technique, running can help to keep your joints healthy. This is because the muscles around the joints are strengthened and therefreo take the pressure off of the joints themselves. This reduces the risk of osteoarthritis.
3) Mental health - Running releases hormones and chemicals which give you that 'feel-good' post-exercise feeling. Regular exercise can help ease stress and anxiety and also help to treat depression. In a 2006 study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers found that even a single bout of exercise—30 minutes of walking on a treadmill—could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive order. In addition, running can be a great way to meet other people and socialise, especially if you join a local running group or club. You could also go running with friends, family, your partner, or even when you are walking the dog.
4) Body composition - Running burns calories which can assist you in reaching your weight loss goals, or help you to maintain a healthy weight. Incorporating cardio exercise into your fitness programme, as well as strength training, can help you to bring yourself into a calorie defecit which is required to lose body fat.
5) Brain - Regular exercise helps defeat age-related mental decline and can reduce your risk of dementia. It has been proven in various studies that aerobic exercise, like running, swimming or walking, significantly enhances cognitive abilities. If an individual is unable to undertake challenging forms of activity, Yoga and Tai Chi have also been proven to improve mental function.
Are you looking to improve your Running Fitness levels?
Come and join our friendly group of like-minded people!
Running Club at Achieve zONE is tailored for all abilities. Split seasonally, October-March involves a mix of Hill and Interval training, and April-September involves 3-4.5 mile runs. There are also some opportunities to enter some races or fun events with the group.
Join our instructor Jenna at 6.30pm every Monday over at Achieve zONE to meet our friendly running team and improve your fitness levels. You can book online, via the Achieve Lifestyle App or at Reception.
View our full class timetable HERE