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Run for Fun

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on Monday, 30 November 2015 in Health & Nutrition

iStock 000009824077 smallSome people love to run, others not so much. However, running has a multitude of great health benefits, including the ability to make you happier! “Runners high” is a real thing; it’s the rush of happy hormones (endorphins, serotonin, dopamine) you get from exercising. Other benefits include a reduction in high blood pressure, reduction in cardiovascular disease, better night’s sleep, stronger lung capacity, weight control, and an overall increase in fitness and well-being.

Now more than ever we see people running, and one thing I think we can attribute to that spike in participation is the creation of “fun” runs. Special races like the Color Run, the Blacklight Run, Electric Run, Warrior Dash, 5K Foam Fest, Turkey Trot, Hot Chocolate 5K, and the Rock N Roll Run, are some examples, to name a few. Many of these themed runs aren’t necessarily for running. Some participants walk or even dance around the course. Often your finishing time isn’t important, just your participation. These races are great for beginner runners and anyone looking for a fun new way to workout.

 

Here are some reasons why you should run:

  • It’s something you can do anywhere. You can run indoors on a treadmill or get outdoors and run through your neighborhood or at a local park.
  • It’s a great way to meet people. There are local running groups you can find online through Facebook or sites like Meetup.com.
  • Anyone can do it, kids and adults, and you can go at your own pace. The only challenger is you. So fast, or slow, it’s good to just go.
  • It’s good for your heart. Running contributes to lower blood pressure and a lower risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • Have asthma and think you can’t run? Think again. The more you run and learn to properly breathe while doing it, the stronger your lungs will get over time.
  • You’ll sleep better. A good workout, particularly a cardiovascular one like running, will use a lot of energy and the best way to replenish is with rest.
  • You can make a difference. There are a lot of runs for charity, so if there’s a cause you care about, you can donate by participating. Some runs even allow participants to create a team that accepts sponsors/donations.

 

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author and should not be construed as the opinions of Whitsons Culinary Group or any of its affiliates.accuracy or completeness of this information.  It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual.  It is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.  You should not rely on the information in this blog as a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/20/reasons-to-start-running_n_5689237.html

http://runhaven.com/2015/04/06/10-benefits-running-never-knew/

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/health-benefits-of-running

http://www.active.com/running/articles/6-benefits-of-running

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