We believe all exercise is good exercise.
Whether you prefer to lift in the gym, climb up the side of a mountain, or swim laps in the pool, exercise benefits your body, mind, and heart.
We are also advocates for switching up your exercise routine now and then. While it is good to know what you love and what works well for your body, it is also beneficial to try new things and work your muscles in new and unfamiliar ways.
So today we are writing about some of the benefits of running. While running is not for everyone (especially if you have an injury - make sure to consult with your doctor), adding it into your daily, weekly, or even monthly exercise routine can be amazing for your health. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Running Relieves Stress and Strengthens Your Mind
While it is true that exercise is general reduces stress and relieves tension, running is extra special in that it forces you to focus on your breathing and steps for longer periods of time. Unlike weight training or HIIT workouts (where you are consistently using your brain to transition from one exercise to the next), running is rhythmic. And you don't need to focus on anything aside from pace, breath, and movement. This is great for reducing stress as it allows your brain to relax and focus solely on putting one foot in front of the other.
Running is also great for thinking through problems, meditation, and mind mantas. Running has been shown to help with depression, anxiety, and overall mental health.
2. Running Strengthens Your Lungs and Your Heart
Running can strengthen your lungs, especially when running for long periods of time and at higher elevations (thanks, Colorado!). Further, a study has shown that runners have a lower mortality rate due to cardiovascular disease.
3. Running Strengthens Your Core and Your Joints
Running is a great exercise to incorporate into your workouts because it helps to strengthen your core, as well as your joints. Because of the compression and expansion happening to your body during a run, your cartilage and ligaments can be strengthened over time.
4. Running Gets You Outside
Possibly our favorite reason to go for a few runs each month is that it gets you outside and in the Colorado sunshine! And being outside is beneficial to your physical and mental health (Vitamin-D) -- just make sure to wear sunscreen.
If you are planning on going for a few runs this month, check out our favorite running trails in Colorado! And be sure to share with us your favorite reasons to incorporate running into your fitness routine on Facebook or Instagram!