Most people believe that to maintain a healthy heart you need to jog or run regularly. However, there are some aspects of life that mean you are unable to do so, so does that mean you aren’t able to achieve a healthy heart? We will discuss the benefits of running on your heart as well as constraints that mean you are unable to partake in the sport.
How Running Benefits the Body
Running has multiple benefits to your body both physically and mentally. Just a few things that this activity can change your lifestyle are listed below:
- Improves your health
- Lowers blood pressure
- Weight loss
- Boosts mood
- Relieves stress
- Heightened self-esteem
- Reduces symptoms
- Social aspects
When running your body requires more nutrients and oxygen so your heart needs to work harder to replenish these nutrients. By making your heart work harder it makes it stronger, which in turn means that the capillaries and arteries too are strengthening. This change in the body lowers your blood pressure as well as preventing things such as heart attacks and strokes.
Aiding weight loss is another benefit of jogging frequently. As this activity is a form of cardio that is performed for a long period of time at a lower rate, it opens the aerobic energy pathway. This pathway uses stored fat as a source of energy which in turn will help you to lose weight when carried out regularly.
Known as the ‘runners high’ the feeling you get during and after running enhances your mood and also helps to relieve stress. It is also believed to aid in the reduction of depression and anxiety symptoms. You can also find that your cognitive and creativity skills are enhanced which benefits runners of all ages mentally.
Runners also find that their self confidence is greatly increased when taking part in this cardio activity. This is mainly down to the healt