Five reasons to run
Thought you couldn’t run a marathon? Think again. Our new Run26 challenge is open to runners of all abilities. You’re not expected to run long distances straightaway and can go at your own pace. So with the challenge open for those looking to get into running for the first time, or wanting to keep fit, we thought we’d ask Emma our Senior Clinical Advisor to give us five reasons to run. Here they are:
- Managing stress – from having some time to yourself away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, to the increased endorphins released from the exercise itself, running is proven to reduce negative stress and improve mood levels. Get out for a run and see if you feel the ‘runner’s high’. It can also improve sleep quality.
- Strengthening your core – running isn’t just good for the legs. The strength and stability that develops from running goes right through the core of body. From the glutes in your bum, to your abdominal, spinal and oblique muscles. Running can help you build strength where we need it the most.
- Taking care of you heart – the most important muscle in our body needs looking after. We all want to take care of our hearts, and running is a great way to do so. Being active can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol.
- Strengthening your bones – not only does being active improve your core strength but it can also help strengthen your bones and reduces your risk of falls.
- Running burns calories – maintaining a healthy weight is important for health and going for a run is a great to keep calories in check. While burning calories isn’t the be all and end all of running, it could help you towards your weight management goal.
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If you are taking up running for the first time and have any existing health conditions, please speak to your healthcare team first.