There are a million reasons why you are thinking about doing exercise. But there are also a million different kinds of physical activity to choose from. Making a decision can be difficult. That’s why this article looks at 10 ways in which running benefits about 70 million people in the US alone. And how it can benefit you too

(Of course, you should consult a physician to find out just how any new physical activity will impact on you personally before trying it).

Even a little running benefits the heart

Running is the absolute king of cardio. You can try all those flashy cardio machines at the gym, but chances are running out does them all.

Research shows that runners have up to half the chance of dying from cardiovascular disease as non-runners.

This is because every time you run you reduce your resting heart beat rate. This means your heart works less.

Running really can burn off those calories

If that first reason wasn’t enough for you, here’s another compelling one.

Running is a proven fat burner.

In fact a 120-pound person burns about 11.4 calories per minute.

When that person runs a 10-minute mile, they’ll burn 114 calories.

If that person weighed 180 pounds, the calorie burn goes up to 17 calories per minute. The 180-pound runner would burn 170 calories running that same 10-minute mile.

You can fit running in to any schedule

Running benefits the average person because it’s just so flexible. Anytime you have a 30 minute slot, you can throw on your runners, hit the road and you’re on your way.

Whether you’re busy working or with kids and other regular stuff. Jogging is perfect to slot in to pretty much any schedule.

Running is fun alone or with buddies

Variety is the spice of life and everyone is different. Running gives you the best of both worlds.

When you’re in the mood, give your pals a call and go out running with your best buds. You can even join a local running club for more camaraderie and the chance to meet new people.

The flip side is if you want some “you” time. The clatter of your daily life just gets too much. Running is the best meditation. Countless successful people state how their running allows them thinking time to clear their minds.

After a run, you can feel refreshed and completely reset and ready to tackle the world again.

It Strengthens Your Core

As you swing your legs and arms you strengthen all the key muscles in your abdomen. This means toning up the muscles that suck in your gut, and help straighten your spine.

Jogging is a great leg workout

it’s not only your core that gets the best work out. Running tones your legs up, as well as your backside.

There really is a ‘runner’s high’

Running benefits the mind as well as the physical. When you do exercise like jogging the, chemicals released are similar to a very legal high.

Automatic stress release!

Inspiration

We all want to inspire, ourselves as well others. The challenge of getting out there and keeping motivated to run needs you to become an inspiration.

It’s easy to start

Jogging is so easy to start. You don’t need a membership. You don’t have to buy a whole load of pads, uniforms, kit etc.

You just need comfortable shoes.

Of course, you can go and spend 100s of dollars on the all the gear in the world. That’s the beauty of the flexibility of running.

These are just a handful of ways running benefits millions of people around the globe. And you could join in too.

Used in the research of this piece:

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/running/benefits-of-running/?page=1

https://www.statista.com/topics/1743/running-and-jogging/

http://www.runnersworld.com/newbie-chronicles/reasons-to-run

http://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/running-burn-calories-per-mile#Intro1