Tuesday, 13 October 2015

{Guest Post} Health Benefits of Running by healthfoodtips


Running is probably the most popular and well known cardiovascular exercise around. It gives the best results in fitness and weight loss than any other and you don't need to be a member of a gym to do it. All you need is a good pair of trainers, something comfortable to exercise in and you are off!
So once you've got going, below are some of the benefits you will gain from your new running regime!


Studies show that runners find it easier to get to sleep at night and I can definitely confirm that one.

Heart benefits

Running is one of the best ways to give your heart muscles an effective workout and also by running regularly you can improve your circulation, reduce the risk of events such as a stoke or conditions like high blood pressure, or even a heart attack

Weight loss

Running is a big calorie burner and in one hour you can burn as many as 1,000 calories. That’s like half of your daily recommended intake in one hour!! Running fast will burn more calories than running slowly, but even a slow run will burn more calories than almost any other cardiovascular exercise, making it the top exercise if you want to drop a few pounds.

Mental health and happiness

Running is known to lift your mood. It can also help build your confidence as it can be a big factor in reaching weight loss or fitness goals, leading to improved self esteem and confidence in yourself. Endorphins that are released through exercise make you happier... this isn’t a myth! If you are a runner you will know what I am talking about, whether you feel it during your run or afterwards, I personally never come out of a run in a bad mood, its almost impossible (unless I fall or something (which has only happened once), but even that can’t always ruin my mood).

Fat burn

By running, you are building up more lean muscle and improving your metabolism. The more lean muscle you have, the quicker and more effectively you are able to burn fat and calories. Lean muscle does weigh more than fat, but that isn’t a problem when trying to reduce your body fat index etc. You will see a healthy inch loss if combined with a proper healthy diet.


As I mentioned already, running helps improve your circulation, which in turn improves the transportation of nutrients throughout your body. This will help flush out any toxins and as a result, improve your complexion.
From my own experiences of running, I can confirm that all of these benefits listed above are true. I have experienced every one of them. I am always shocked to see how many calories I have burnt after a cycle compared to if I had gone for a run for the same amount of time. 
You have to be in the right mind to run though as well, if you aren’t feeling it, this can impact on your run and if you are looking to improve in terms of pace, distance or overall time, then those runs where you weren’t in to it weigh on your mind more, but in my own experience, they make me work harder the next time, to prove to myself I am better than my last run.
Running is definitely my favourite exercise and it has completely helped me in my own weight loss regime and fitness. It doesn’t always have to be about weight loss, just general fitness is some people’s goals and for me it was both. Running isn’t always my favourite before I begin a run, but by the end there is nothing better than running for me.

Motivational Running Quotes

“Remember the feeling you get from a good run is better than the feeling you get sitting around wishing you were running” – Sarah Condor
“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” -William Faulkner.
“That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.” – Kara Goucher.
“When it’s pouring rain and you’re bowling along through the wet, there’s satisfaction in knowing you’re out there and the others aren’t.” -Peter Snell.
“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” -Oprah Winfrey.

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