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for Your Health
One of the most
common activities that people do in their daily lives is running.
Running is one of the basic exercise routines that people use to stay
in shape and stay healthy. Though running can’t
cure diseases, it can surely help prevent and avoid common diseases.
You may have health insurance plans for
yourself but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are not be
at risk of getting sick. The wonderful thing about running is
that anyone at any skill level can run in order to achieve goals they
strive for. A lot of people run in an effort to help lose weight and
achieve a healthier balance for the body, while other professional
athletes will run because they need to meet the physical demands that
are placed upon them. For each level, running presents its own unique
set of benefits.
The reason that not everyone includes running as a part of their
exercise workouts is for the simple reason that it hurts.
People do not like being sore, people do not like being out of breathe
and people do not like having to commit to something that seems so
annoying to do day-in and day-out. For those that are serious about
changing their lives or playing sports, the old saying is no pain, no
People who run merely as a form of exercise usually do it so that they
can stay healthy. Losing weight is one of the most obvious benefits,
but running has been proven to help prevent and reduce the effects of
several health issues. Running has been proven to prevent high blood
pressure by ensuring blood flows smoothly. This is due to the arteries
being more flexible from the constant expanding and contracting due to
running. Running maximizes the power of the lungs which is known to
help prevent several problems caused by smoking. Lastly, heart attacks
are drastically reduced through running due to having a stronger heart
that does not have to work as hard to pump blood.
Running is not just a simple process. Several problems can occur if
proper measures are not taken before and afterwards. Before attempting
to add running into the list of daily activities, think about the foot
problems that could develop. Issues like blisters, ingrown toenails,
and ankle problems can develop if proper footwear is not taken into
account. Sneakers are usually a good shoe for running, but the proper
size, width, and foot support are just as important. Grabbing some
shorts or pants that are made for moving around is a good idea, too. No
one wants to run around in jeans.
Before running, a stretching and warm up routine should be followed
routinely. If the body is not properly stretched and warmed up,
injuries to ligaments could occur such as pulled hamstrings or, in more
serious cases, injuries to tendons like the ACL thus it also reduces
the risk of having to go to hospital especially if you do not have health
insurance. It is great to want to be in better shape, but
injuring the body will not do the body any good.
After actively running regularly, try to formulate a diet based on it.
Carbohydrates are a runner's best friend because they act as an energy
source to fuel runners. Water and electrolyte fluids are a must because
runners have to be able to sweat. Always avoid fats at all cost, but
try to add more protein to the diet, as it acts as yet another energy
People often wonder why running is always the choice of exercise for
regular people and professional athletes when there are other methods
of exercise including biking, swimming, and even power walking. Each
exercise method is good, but running is the best overall because it
does so much more in one motion. Running burns more calories than any
of the above methods and helps to stimulate the blood and lungs. Biking
and swimming will work to build more muscle, but fail to do much more
than that in comparison to running.
A common mistake for beginners and professionals when running is
measuring the distance for their level. Beginners could opt to run 4
times a week with a long run on Sundays. Planning the distance of
running will depend on what each runner wants to get out of it. A
professional runner planning on long-distance marathons will naturally
want to run for as much distance as possible in order to experience a
second wind. Beginners should not go that far, but should at least try
for a mile, depending on their weight.
Running is the most consistent form of exercise since athletics made it
known in the world. Almost every sport involves some form of running
and professional athletes who are unable to run will have no place in
the sports world. Even for non-athletes, just the health benefits alone
should be enough reason to justify running as an exercise activity.