Can exercise or running do you good? Or perhaps any particular part of your body?
Pharmaceutical companies, telecommunication firms, major clothing brands, fast food chains, and basically every other type of company there is have all sponsored fun runs around the metro. A few years back, the “in” things was having expensive gym memberships at exclusive sports clubs. Nowadays, everyone seems to be into running. So, what’s the big deal about it and why are people donning on their running shoes?
Can running do particular parts of your body good? YES, running does our body good. We know that running is good for our heart, thus, also good for blood circulation, running is good for the muscles and skin. But studies show it can also be good for your ears too. This could mean hearing loss prevention which could translate to a better and healthier lifestyle as well – a result of a less sedentary living.
Aside from being a very affordable sport, running burns more calories compared to other aerobic sports. In general, a 130-lb person exercising would burn approximately 472 calories running for an hour, 354 calories cycling, 413 calories swimming laps, and 295 calories brisk walking. This translates to more weight lost especially when the intensity of the run is increased. Running also increases endorphins making it an ideal stress reliever and mood enhancer.
Among the many healthy activities that one can do, running offers the most flexibility. All one needs to run is a good pair of trainers and a few minutes off from one’s busy schedule. One can choose to run alone, run with family and friends, or even run in organized social events. One can run pretty much anytime and anywhere he wants to. There’s really no waiting time for this sport.
With the health benefits outweighing the possible adverse effects, perhaps it’s about time you put on those trainers and run for good health.
Beginners would do well to keep the following in mind:
Consult a doctor if you have certain medical conditions that may affect your running. Have your overall health assessed by a GP, or you could also get your self checked at an ENT clinic like Auris Ear Care, get tested for allergies, and other specific doctors.
Invest in a Good Pair of Shoes
Take time to find the perfect pair of trainers for yourself. A running store where your feet and running form can be analyzed would be your best source for that ultimate pair of running shoes. Do not think that buying a cheaper pair would be enough, an expensive pair that’s comfortable and sturdy is worth the price in the long run.
Start at about three to four times a week of 20 minutes of running preceded by a 10-minute warm-up and ended with a 10-minute cool down. Gradually work increasing the duration and the frequency of your runs.
Consume easily digestible foods such as eggs, or yogurt an hour before you run to fuel your body.
Replenish the nutrients and calories depleted during your run with sugarless sports drinks that contain electrolytes.
Get Up and Run To a Routine
Finally, follow a proper running program to maximize the benefits you can gain from running. It doesn’t have to be long hours, even 20 minutes a day would bring lots of benefits. If you find that there is no time on a particular day to go get up and run, a brisk walk while going to the office or going up a flight of stairs in your building would do. Stay healthy!