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Fit-Doc’s Top 3 Reasons to Run

 

Running back and forth to the doctor can get tiring after awhile. As much as I love to see my patients and give them the antidotes to all their ailments, I know prevention is the best route to go. One of the greatest preventions of many life threatening illnesses is running. The marathoner in me can’t get enough of running. Since my high school days I’ve been a firm advocate of running. Here’s my top 3 reasons why. 

  1. Mental Health Benefits 
  2. Prevention of Major Illnesses
  3. Improves Overall Health

Mental Health Benefits

Depression and other mental health challenges can leave you in a rut. You’ll be stuck in a cloud feeling like your mood will never improve. Running helps to stimulate the feel good hormones (endorphins) that will improve your mood. Running is one of the best ways to cure your feelings of anxiety and depression quickly. 

Some runners have experienced what they call “runners high”. This euphoric feeling is triggered by the massive amounts of endorphins being let loose in the brain. When you really get out there and run you’ll find a sense of freeness and liberation that no other workout can give you. Running allows you to zone out and focus solely on the path at hand. This meditative-like state can help ease the feelings that depression and anxiety cause. 

Prevention of Major Illnesses 

Studies have shown that a regular routine of running is associated with a lower risk of developing certain cancers. This is especially pertinent information for women with an adverse risk of breast cancer. Running also lowers the risk of other illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. When you run your arteries gain elasticity and the heart strengthens which significantly reduces ones chance of a heart attack. 

Improves Overall Health

Running has a myriad of health benefits. Research has shown that running can raise your good cholesterol levels and improve overall lung functioning. If you’re looking to trim off points on your body mass index, running helps to burn a chunk of those calories off of your physique. You don’t have to be running at Olympic speed to get the results you need. A simple 10 minute run at a moderate speed will you help burn the calories and fat to get your lifestyle change underway.