Working out? That’s a joke. What’s in it for me beside sweat, tears, and the inevitability of falling right off the wagon and into a bag of Cheetos?
A lot, actually. Working out isn’t as bad as it sounds, and you don’t even have to break a sweat to reap the rewards of a good toe-touch. Working out won’t just help you stay in shape, but it’ll improve your mood and make you a more creative person; those are just a few of the dozens of other wonderful perks. Don’t give up on your New Year’s Resolution just yet. Dust off that old pair of running shoes and by the end of this, you’ll be aching to put them on.
Running Will Make You Happier!
Any exercise releases that sweet, sweet chemical compound, dopamine which makes us feel happy and light. While you might be a little out of breath after a run, shortly after you’ll also get that floating sensation like you’re bouncing with every step.
Consistent exercises has even been linked to lessening the effects of depression and anxiety. If you’re feeling sad or like you’ve come to a big crossroads, it’s best to get off the couch and get active. You don’t even have to run. Taking a brisk walk can be the difference between a frown and a big smile when you get back home
Running Keeps You Productive!
Leading an active lifestyle creates habit for your body. A body in motion prefers to stay in motion, so instead of wasting half the day browsing Pinterest, you’ll find the motivation to get up and get the things that you have to do done even if that just means working on your laptop.
So, why’s this? Doesn’t exercise make you tired? Well, yeah, initially, but once you get accustomed to a routine of working out, you’ll prefer to keep on moving. It only takes about 21 days to make a routine. If you exercise every other day (or every day!) for three weeks, you’ll find yourself to be less fatigued and sleepy.
Running Builds Tone!
After a few months of midnight snacks and secret chocolate stashes you might have found yourself getting a little soft. Building tone if your arms doesn’t mean that you can expect to have the abs of an Olympic hurdler, but your arms and legs will be firmer and less…flabby.
Running builds excellent tone in the legs, and moderately tones arms. You can lift light weights while watching television or actually head to the gym and use and arm bike for the best results in your arms.
Running Sparks Creativity!
You read that correctly—running actually does strengthen your creative muscle. Who would have thought? Studies show that people who ran or lightly exercised were moderately to significantly more creative than their sedentary counterparts. The best time to pick up your pen or paint brush is right away after exercise.
And even if you’re skeptical, you have to try it at least once. What’s the magic? Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next van Gogh as you run your way to artistic glory.
Running can Adjust Your Sleep Schedule
Sometimes we just don’t sleep enough or even though we’re tired we can’t fall asleep. Our schedules have made us night owls. Well, running can put a stop to that. Exercise regulates the sleep cycle and helps us fall asleep and stay asleep.
So why is this? Exercise reduces our stress levels and naturally resets our sleep cycle so that when the night rolls back around, we can finally get some shut-eye. Do note that some people like to exercise in the mornings as it has more of this effect, In the evenings, many people claim that they get too pumped to rest.
Running can Help You Lose Weight and Stay Healthier
While we should all be comfortable in our own skin, sometimes making a change and losing a few pounds is necessary for our own health. In fact, studies show that people who run are likelier to live longer and have reduced risks of cancer. Running keeps you healthier in the long-term and in the short-term!
And just how good is running for that mean old scale? Running can burn more than 100 calories per mile. The more you weigh, the more you’ll burn. In combination with a good diet, running can help you lose a few pounds pretty fast, so what’s not to love?
Do you want to put on your running shoes yet? These are just a few of the hundreds of wonderful benefits running can have on your body. How can we find out the rest? Get out there and run! Blaze a new trail! You’ll feel like a different person in just a few days and the results will be shocking. Taking a few minutes out of your week to take a short jog around the block can be life-changing. In these warmer months, what better time to start is there than right now?