4 Benefits Of Running That You May Have Never Realized 1

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By Ryan Light, Running/Anxiety Coach
By Ryan Light, Running/Anxiety Coach

You have probably heard people say that exercise is medicine. Although many people assume that this is just a mere saying, exercise really can have the same physical and psychological effects as medicine. One of the exercises that come with significant health benefits is running. It can help prevent diabetes, stroke, obesity, cancer, high blood pressure, and other health complications. Running can also improve the quality of your mental and emotional life. Apart from its health benefits, there are several benefits of running that many people may not have realized.

Running Makes You Happier

If you have been working out regularly, you might have already discovered that running makes you happier. Running helps to get rid of negative psychological energy and can actually improve your mood even when you are in a bad situation that has dampened your spirit. Even a 30 minutes running session could instantly enhance the mood of someone in a depressive or sad state. In addition, running can help eliminate or minimize the effects of depression and anxiety.

Running Helps You Get Fit

Running can help you burn significant amounts of calories. One of the benefits of running is that its effect on helping to eliminate calories continues even after you finish the exercise. Studies show that running boosts “after burn”, which refers to the number of calories you burn after running. After burn occurs in a process known as excess post oxygen consumption (EPOC). Running can also help you clear your sinuses. That is great for someone with allergies. Running can definitely be a great remedy for a runny nose right along with medicine such as Aerospan RX. In addition, you do not need to sprint like an Olympian to experience after burn or the health effects of running.

Running Strengthens Your Knees, Joints, And Bones

Running is often associated with an increase in bone mass and can help eliminate age-related bone problems. Although some people may believe that running is bad for the knees, studies indicate the contrary. Running does not only improve the strength of your knees, but it also helps strengthen other joints and bones.

Running Will Keep You Sharper, Even As You Age

Running will help you maintain your sharpness, as you get older. Research indicates that running on a regular basis can help improve age related mental problems, especially functions like working memory, task switching, and selective attention. Studies show that older adults who are fit score better in mental tests than those who are unfit.


Running has many health and psychological benefits. Apart from helping you to remain fit, running can make you happier and sharper.

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About Ryan Light

I started to run after a very stressful time in my life. I suffered most of my life with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), panic, and anxiety. I tried everything from diets to conventional medicines – nothing worked. Running saved my life – literally, I was at the bottom with my OCD, panic, and anxiety, and on the verge of suicide. Running gave me a new found adventure, a goal, an escape so to say. It’s been seven years since I took my first run…Currently I have run over 40 Half Marathons, Three Full Marathons, and countless amounts of 5 & 10Ks” and loving every minute of it. I’ve made some outstanding friends, overcame challenges I thought I’d never could, and best of all found a passion in life! To learn more...http://realrunryan.com/about-running/

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