Runners will tell you they run because they're addicted or simply because they love it. Not the best arguments for people who don't share the same running passion - but there are plenty of other reasons you should get on track with a running plan. Here are our favorite five reasons you should be running.
1. You'll be able to fit into that bikini
Why this is important: Running is one of the best calorie-burning exercises out there. In an hour, the average 140-pound woman will burn over 550 calories. And that's on top
of the full-body workout you get – even at a moderate pace, your calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, back, abdominals and arms will feel the burn.
2. You'll boost your cardiovascular system
Why this is important: Your cardiovascular system needs a daily workout. By strengthening it, you up your body's ability to combat heart disease, chronic stress and other
health conditions. And every day tasks like climbing stairs or lifting a heavy box will be easier.
3. You'll stop aging in its tracks
Why this is important: Running is a high-impact sport. Not only are you working your muscles, you're also strengthening your bones and bettering your brain. And that'll
help you stay young and stave off diseases like osteoporosis, arthritis and Alzheimer's.
4. You'll get outdoors
Why this is important: You may be busy and think all you want to do when you get free time is veg on the couch. But research shows getting outside at least once a day may just
boost your sense of wellbeing (something couchtime with the TV won't do). Because running outdoors can be done in any kind of weather, it's a great way to get up and get outside (just
dress appropriately to keep it enjoyable).
5. You'll boost your mood
Why this is important: When you workout, your pituitary gland (a pea-sized but powerful gland at the base of the brain) releases endorphins. If you've ever heard of a runner
referring to a "runner's high," this may be why. Endorphins boost your mood (no matter how grumpy you are) and increase your sense of power and control. And, bonus, that
runner's high will last several hours after your run is done.
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