Running Health Benefits

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-It is so true, the running health benefits are many, and the calories burned while doing so, aren't too hard to take either.





When most people think about the many health benefits of running, they usually think of running for weight loss.

In fact, more often than not, that's quite often the main reason they started this type of exercise program in the first place.

-However, it also offers many additional health benefits on top of just being a fantastic way to burn calories and lose weight -Here's just 5:




  
The Top 5 Running Health Benefits

#1 - It increases your sex drive. -Need I say more? Well, check this out: several studies have shown that people who exercise regularly have sex more frequently and have much better sex.

Also, if you're between the age of 40 and 60 years old, a Harvard University study has found that you typically have the same amount of sex as non-athletes 20 years younger!


-That same study also found that men who run, are more likely and are more able to achieve and maintain an erection, and that women who run are more easily aroused and have better orgasms.


(Excuse me, but I think I have to go for a run now!)


#2 - Another of the health benefits of running is: much improved sleep. Millions of people suffer from insomnia, sleep apnea and various other sleep related problems and disorders.

Several studies have been able to successfully link a positive relationship between running and getting a better nights sleep.


-One such study that was conducted in Austrailia, found that runners seemed to have greater sleep efficiency, or the ratio of the amount of time you are asleep to the total amount of time you are in bed. 



#3 - It improves your mental health. Wondrous feel good hormones are released when we run, which include endorphins.

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These endorphins help us to control stress, give us the confidence we need and a certain sense of calm, and occasionally provide that sense of euphoria, known by many running people, as a runner's high.

These same hormones have been studied and linked to a marked reduction in depression symptoms.


-Even without the endorphins your body releases, the health benefit of aerobic exercise from running can help enable you to work off any anger, fear or just the common frustrations that the day may bring, clearing the mind and relaxing the body.



#4 - It slows down the aging process. Whether you're in your twenties or fifties, chances are pretty good you're interested in retaining a youthful appearance and attitude.


-Running benefits your health by giving you strong bones and muscles, which means you'll be able to retain your youthful grace and your figure, and with that, your enthusiasm for life and continued endurance and stamina for many years to come.



#5 - Running/Jogging improves your cardiovascular endurance.

And heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

-Again, need I say more?


 It also greatly benefits your health, by lowering your blood pressure and helping your arteries maintain their integrity to keep your heart muscle strong and keep you - full of vim and vigor.


-That's only 5 of the running health benefits you receive when you start and maintain a running program. Jogging or walking can also go a long way in getting you and keeping you in tip-top physical shape.


  There's even more good news: -You don't have to run races or long marathons to receive all of these running health benefits.

 Believe it or not, running for just five minutes each day can have a very significant effect on your overall health and longevity.

-In fact, a recent study found that regardless of the speed or duration; "running reduces the risk of death."

 It can be part of an overall fitness exercise program, meaning you'll only need to run a few miles total per week to reap the benefits.

-You'll be physically and mentally stronger, sleep better, look younger, and yes ...you'll have better sex too.

 And because you're healthier, you'll also live a longer and much happier life, and it doesn't get much better than that!


-See how to calculate your resting heart rate average. It's a great way to measure the progress of any fitness plan and gauge your health as well.


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Additional Information on Running and Your Health ....

Chiwalking? - Cooper Run - BMI Charts - Beginner Running Shoes - Treadmill Programs

The Importance of Fitness Story - Chart for Calories Burned - Why Eat Healthy?

Why Running? - Running Barefoot? - Running to Lose - Running For Depression

Reducing Belly fat - Positive Self Talk - Balanced Diet Chart for Kids

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