Running is a great way to get in shape. Running can benefit almost every part of your body, as well as improve your mood, and is incredibly effective to make you healthier in several ways. You will discover that even short runs will already make you feel more energetic, happier and more relaxed. However correct exercise planning, training intensity and training duration, as well as adecuate technique help you get off to a good start in any sport.

— Race Preparations —

As some of us are avid and experienced runners in short and long distance, we are tried and tested in this sports discipline. We prepare training schemes and provide training sessions and nutritional counselling for those runner’s who want to enjoy their favorite sport to the maximum.

— Benefits of running —

Improve Your Health

Running is a great way to increase your overall level of health. Research shows that running can raise your levels of good cholesterol while also helping you increase lung function and use. In addition, running can also boost your immune system and lower your risk of developing blood clots.

Prevent Disease

For women, running can actually help to lower your risk of breast cancer. It can also help reduce the risk of having a stroke. Many doctors today recommend running for people who are in the early stages of diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis, and it is proven to help reduce the risk of having a heart attack. By helping the arteries retain their elasticity and strengthening the heart, your chances of suffering a heart attack can be significantly reduced.

Lose Weight

Running is one of the best forms of exercise for losing or maintaining a consistent weight. You will find that it is a leading way to burn off extra calories and that it is the second most effective exercise in terms of calories burned per minute, following only after cross country skiing.

Boost Your Confidence

Not all of the benefits of running are physical. Running can provide an noticeable boost to your confidence and self-esteem. By setting and achieving goals, you can help give yourself a greater sense of empowerment that will leave you feeling much happier.

Relieve Stress

Stress can actually cause a number of health and mood problems. It can also diminish appetite and sleep quality. When you run, you force your body to exert excess energy and hormones. Running also helps to reduce your chances of developing tension headaches.

Eliminate Depression

When you are depressed, the last thing you likely want to do is to get up and go for a run. Yet you will find that after only a few minutes of running, your brain will start to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood. In fact, there are few things in the world that can better or more rapidly treat depression than exercise such as running.

It may seem surprising to learn all of the different ways that running can improve your health, but the truth of the matter is that these are only a few of the many benefits that it can offer to your body.  Running really is incredibly beneficial to the body, mind, and spirit, and you will find that even short runs can leave you feeling more energized, more focused, and better able to enjoy all that life has to offer.

In case of doubts, we recommend consulting with your family doctor or speak with a licensed professional in sports and physical activity with knowledge and experience in the field.

Sascha Rado is personal trainer and conditioning coach at Activate Personal Training and Sports Coaching, and an experienced runner and athlete in medium and long distance running.

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