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Published on January 10th, 2019 | by Start Fitness

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Why Run in 2019: Health Benefits

There are many reasons to run including for your health. Running regularly can have a great impact on your health making you feel stronger, fitter and full of energy. So, what exactly are the benefits?

Running makes you happy

It is no secret that exercise makes you feel happier in yourself. When exercising, hormones known as endocannabinoids are released which give you a feel-good feeling. Running just 30 minutes, a day can lift your mood making it easier for you to sleep and concentrate. If you suffer from anxiety or depression running can have a huge impact on how you are feeling that day.

Running keeps you fit

Running regularly will help to keep you fit. As you run you burn calories which helps you to lose or maintain your weight. The body continues to burn calories even after you have stopped running. This is known as the afterburn. You are also using your muscles helping them to grow and strengthen.

Running strengthens your bones

Running helps to increase bone mass and can help to prevent age-related bone loss. Despite controversy running also helps strengthen the knees and other joints in the body.

Mind over matter

You may have heard rumours that running is 90% mental and 10% physical. Well rumours no more, it seems it is true.

The brain is a remarkable thing and does its best to ensure that we do things safely.  It can, therefore, make us believe that we have reached our limits when in fact we haven’t. There is always room to push yourself that little bit further. It turns out that we can even train the brain to prevent us from giving in before we are ready to.

Remember…running is mind over matter.

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