I am of the opinion that no one really enjoys running. All of us who do run, appreciate the benefits that running provides. Running helps to build your cardiovascular system, your muscular endurance, your mobility, strengthen your joints and muscles in your legs, pelvic region, core, upper body and arms…basically everywhere…
Running has been shown to help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What’s more, scientist have shown that running vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life, and helps you live longer.
Running becomes even more important and vital as your body and mind begin to age. Think of it this way. You want to keep your battery charged the same way you do your car. Every other day you want to take your car out and drive it around for 20-30 minutes to keep that battery charged. Probably less frequently than that for a car. But for you a human 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes will do wonders.
At a moderate paced run you will burn enough calories to stop any scale from moving upwards and in fact may move some scales downwards. I am not a huge scale person but I am interested in body fat percentages. Adding a 90 minutes a week of running and jogging, especially out outside will move that body fat percentage down a little too.
Running is something that for humans is innate. We all know how to run. Running can hurt and it doesn’t always feel good. But running isn’t the same as it was in gym class. The limits, the times the goals are only the ones you set for yourself.