4 Reasons You Need to Start Running.

Hey, Heres an article from Men’s Health on running. Personally, I don’t do much running. I limit it to 3 miles a week, usually on a Thursday am at the gym. I’ll do speed intervals. running at 6 mph for 2 minutes and then speed up to 10 for 40 seconds and continue this until I hit 3 miles. Then I’ll cool down at 2.5 mph until my hr is back below 120. I can get my HR close to 170 doing this. I sweat my butt of too. Anyway, this article talks about 4 good points for running!

Outside of soccer, running is the most popular participatory sport in the world—and for good reasons.

1. It’s an efficient cardio workout. Running is the most effective way to boost cardiovascular fitness and burn body fat in the shortest time. If you run at a pace of six miles per hour for one hour, you will burn roughly 700 calories. That’s roughly one-fifth of a pound of pure body fat in one workout.

2. It’s cheap. You don’t have to join a gym or buy fancy gear. The only equipment you need is a good pair of shoes, socks, shorts and a T-shirt. You can jog in a local park or on a high school track—or better yet, just lace up and step out your front door.

3. It melts away stress. Running is just you, the terrain, your breathing and the sound of your feet. After about 20 minutes of steady running, the pressure of everyday life gives way to a clearer perspective. Running also releases endorphins, those “feel-good” natural chemicals your body produces that ease pain and elevate mood. That’s where the term runner’s high comes from.

4. It’s good for your health. As a weight-bearing exercise, running strengthens your bones and helps prevent osteoporosis—particularly important to women as they age. It also works wonders on your heart, dramatically reducing your risk for heart disease. That’s because running is an aerobic form of exercise. All that huff-and-puff work helps to improve the condition of your cardiovascular system, lowers your blood pressure and helps to keep your arteries clear.

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