What are the benefits of running?

Running or jogging is one of the simplest and most beneficial sports activities when it comes to physical exercise. The advantages of this activity are

1.- Allows you to lose and control your weight.

 This benefit will always depend on how you plan your training routine, because if you practice every day the same workout your body will get used to it and you will not achieve great improvements in the short or long term.

2.- Fight against cellulite.

Practicing this sport will help you reduce the percentage of fat throughout the body if you want to know more about this benefit in relation to cellulite see our post here.

3.- Improves the Locomotive System.

Our locomotive system consists of the osteoarticular system (bones, ligaments and joints) and the muscular system (muscles and tendons). The locomotive system is the one that serves as support and protection for the organs of our entire body.

If you want to start running you must take this into account, because when we practice it we make our body support more intense tensions.

It's interesting to hear or read that jogging can destroy your knees or damage your joints in general. But this is because such people who practice this sport do not have a prudent adaptation period. By this I mean that you should start trotting in a progressive way, for example, if you have never trotted or you haven't practiced it for a long time, the correct thing would be to trot as much as your body allows, then you should increase the times and rhythms of your trot. This way your body and joints will be healthy and strong.

4.- It helps to regenerate the muscular mass.

 This exercise not only tones up the legs, but also the whole body. In some parts you can read that running is one of the most complete exercises when doing some physical activity (and they are not wrong). This is because you use your arms, abdomen, legs and buttocks.

5. It makes the Cardiovascular and Respiratory System more efficient.

This is because it balances the heart rate and improves blood oxygenation. Over time, the blood volume in your body improves, and so does your performance and body.

This allows you to gain more physical resistance over time, strengthening the respiratory muscles, avoiding the typical choking suffered by people who are not used to doing sports.

6.- Strengthens the bones.

Most experts recommend impact exercise to prevent osteoporosis and other bone diseases. Running is a good method because it improves and increases bone density. For optimal results, this should be supplemented with a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.

If you want to know more about sport and osteoporosis enter here

7.- Combat stress and anxiety.

The practice of any exercise in general has benefits at a mental and physical level, because its realization incites the segregation of endorphins, known as happiness hormones. Therefore, running is also a good option to reduce stress and nervous states.

8.- Avoids contracting diseases.

An exercise routine. in any sport or discipline you choose helps to strengthen the body and the immune system, since it helps to increase antibodies. In the case of running, several studies indicate that it helps to reduce the probabilities of suffering from diabetes type 2, cholesterol, hypertension and obesity, being these problems very characteristic of people who maintain a sedentary life.

Related studies

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