Weather you’ve solely decided to pick up running to lose weight or just to stay fit, know that the benefits of running far outweigh it’s perceived benefit of just losing weight.
Here’s how cardio can give you more benefits than just a lower number on that scale:
#1. Running makes for the perfect stress buster
A 10-minute jog or an hour long exercise may be all you need to bust stress and anxiety. A study conducted by Princeton University discovered that running indeed does make you less anxious that your sedentary counterparts. The runners high as they call it is a result of a rush of endorphins to the brain whenever you head out for a brisk run.
#2. Not only does running destress your heart it protects it in the process
No you need to be maintain the kind of consistency you need to for running a marathon. All you need is a 30-minute brisk walk for five days a week to reap the innumerable benefits it gives your heart, including protecting it.
#3. Running gives you indisputable ‘me time’
Running the streets of your city, park or wherever else it is that you like to run is one of the best way to unwind. It also helps you to retreat into the world of your own mind where your body, mind, soul, emotions, thoughts and music move in sync together creating the kind of harmony that could do you a world of good everyday.
#4. Running makes you alive and gives you a sense of freedom
There is a sense of freedom and exhilaration that you can get from running as you propel your entire body cutting through the empty space; similar to when you ride a bike or a cycle. The adrenaline rush you experience when you run at a brisk pace combined the runners high is a highly invigorating daily ritual.
#5. Running can make you think more creatively and enhance your cognition
Whether you’re suffering from a writers block or want to enhance your focus or better your multitasking skills, running can get all your creative juices flowing. One study revealed that aerobic activity can boost your creativity for a two hours following exercise. Another study published in the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience revealed that running helped in forming more intricate connections in your brain, which is missing from the brains of sedentary individuals.
News credit : Indiatimes