Reasons to Run

by Robert Carver

Do you like to run? If you do then that’s great, you’re already helping yourself to get in better shape and much more which we’ll talk about in a minute. If you don’t, there’s a lot you should know about running and how beneficial it can really be. In fact, jogging is considered one of the healthiest things that you can do for your body. If you like to get outside you can jog through a park or through your neighborhood, if you prefer somewhere indoors, find out if there’s a gym, school or indoor track you can use.

Jogging does a lot for your cardiovascular system because, if you run even at a pace of only six miles per hour, for one hour, you’ll burn 700 calories. That’s a lot of calories. In fact, it’s about one third of what many people eat in one day. If you’re trying to lose weight it may be closer to half of your total calories for the day. This is going to help you stay in shape and get more fit.

If you really want to run for an hour you may end up spending some time building up to it. If you’re new to running you’re likely to experience a lot of problems when you start such as strain or pulled muscles. You’re also more likely to get winded quickly. Just make sure that you keep pushing yourself and keep working towards your goal and you keep pushing yourself to run a little bit longer every day. You’ll get where you want to be faster than you might think.

Another benefit to jogging is what’s often referred to as the ‘runners high.’ This is a feeling of euphoria that often comes along with running. If you’re not the type of person who normally exercises this may seem strange but it’s actually very true. The body releases endorphins when you start to run and those endorphins will actually help you to clear your mind and reduce a lot of stress. It will even reduce your blood pressure and help you remove temptations for bad habits such as smoking.

You will need one very important piece of equipment in order to make the most out of your jog. You need a good pair of shoes. If you have tennis shoes that aren’t meant for actually exercise you could end up with shin splints, sprains or worse. You want to make sure that the shoes you choose are designed to support the arch of your foot as well as your ankle. This is how you’ll get the right level of fitness from your shoes. Make sure that you also have shoes with good absorption, if you’re running you’ll be bouncing a bit after all. In regular shoes this can be a problem.

If style is important to you there’s no reason to worry, plenty of designers have created tennis shoes that are extremely stylish while still providing the level of support that your body needs when jogging. Just make sure you get help if you need it to find shoes that are going to work well for you.

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