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I love running and I can’t wait to get back into it.

I am on a return to running program to get back into running after having a baby. There are SO many great reasons to run.

If you can’t run though, don’t worry, power walking has many of the same benefits!

So here is why I love running:

  1. Healthy Mind – running (or exercising in general) gets your heart pumping – this can help to reduce stress and also release those happy hormones – ENDORPHINS! Woohoo, Bring them on!
  2. Sleep Easier – going for a run in the mornings (or any exercise really), helps to set your body clock, so that you are wide awake during the day and ready to sleep at night, often getting a better nights sleep.
  3. Healthy Heart – as you get fitter, your heart will get stronger – this results in your cardiovascular fitness increasing which can bring your blood pressure down! Win Win!
  4. Strong Immune System – when you are doing regular cardio fitness be it running or walking, swimming or riding, you are stimulating the production of cells in your blood, which help to fight off the nasty cold and flu bugs – bacteria and viruses), which will help build a stronger immune system.
  5. Breathe Easier – as I mentioned, running helps make the heart stronger, but it also helps strengthen your lungs, which can only help you breathe easier. Running to music, or running with a friend you can chat with, can help you to relax your breathing and get into a comfortable rhythm.
  6. Weight loss – When you combine cardio exercise (the more intense the better), eating the right foods, and doing regular strength & conditioning training you’ll lose weight, it’s that simple! Burpees are also great for this too!
  7. Keeps you young – Runners age better, right?!
  8. Stronger Bones – When you do weight bearing exercise like running or power walking, you put your bones under stress. In response to this your body increases your bone mineral density to make your bones stronger – this is great for reducing the risks of developing osteoporosis.
  9. Toned legs – Yes, running helps you get stronger, toned legs (squats and lunges also help, so don’t forget about them) – Win Win!
  10. Better sex – running improves stamina and endurance, that’s all I will say!
  • Love the points that you make and how you show running is good for us… would like some evidence about keeping you young though! Exercise can produce free radicals that accelerate ageing unless we consume anti-oxidants.. and of course being outside means our skin will age TERRIBLY unless we use sunblock, avoid the mid-day and use a hat always. Wouldn’t want people going out and ending up older than they need be!

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  • Great article and thanks for sharing.

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  • It’s great exercise and I used to do it all the time. Haven’t got back into it since having my hip replaced – but I still will.

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  • Good points and it’s a free form of exercise as well !

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  • I don’t run because I am big up top and it hurts when they move up and down. A gentle walk is the best I can manage

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  • I am not runner. I have large breasts and have never felt comfortable running. I’m a power walker so I get similar benefits. I wish I was a runner, but it doesn’t work for me.

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  • Some great points…you also get outdoors and can see some beautiful places… and meet some great people!

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  • I’ve never been a runner. Not even in primary school. I detested it and never came close to winning a running race. Still can’t run, all these years later

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  • I didn’t know it caused stronger bones. I might have to fasten the pace.

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  • Wish I could love running, love the ideas you have given

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  • Iv started the exercise bike will start running soon I think

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  • I was told that running on firm sand or lawn is better than running on a hard surface as it impacts less on your bones, tendons etc. You are less likely to suastain a serious injury. I watched an intering article on TV last night. A guy demonstrated how if you hold your hands in fronth of you and your thumbs are turned inwards, your shoulders move forwards, your chest moves downwards and it is more difficult to breathe with ease.
    If you have your arms at your side with your thumbs pointing forward, Your shoulders stay back in a better position for good posture, your chest rises a bit instead of falling and it is quite a bit easier to breathe and not reduced the section between your chest and waist. I had to try it before I was convinced. It wasn’t an ad. for anything. It was shown as a general health information item.


    • well i heard that it doesn’t matter what surface you are on, the force is the same on your joints

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  • I have to agree on all of these reaons, even number 10!

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  • Have been taking advantage of the warmer weather and getting out and power walking.

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  • thank you they are some good plus’s

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