Running is one of the simplest ways to get in a good workout and reap a variety of health benefits without needing a gym membership of expensive equipment. Fitness instructor George Bolzoni encourages his clients to get out and run, whether it’s just a short jog around the block or a speed workout around the track.
While running isn’t always the most exciting or fun activity for most, there are ways to make it more enjoyable by running with friends or joining a running group within the community.
Whether it is your favorite exercise activity or not, running provides many essential benefits for your physical and mental health. Throughout his career in fitness George Bolzoni has found these health benefits to include:
- It helps strengthen core muscles and improves overall physical health
Running allows you to burn a lot of calories and work many of your core muscles as well as leg muscles. This will give you an overall greater feeling of strength, allowing you to accomplish more in your day to day life.
- It gives your brain a boost
When you are out for a run, you are able to take some time to process thoughts and tackle difficult problems and challenges you may be having in your personal or professional life. You are able to boost your creativity and sharpen your mind, taking in a good mental workout along with a physical one.
Running is a great way to build stamina and endurance while strengthening the health of your heart as it helps manage your blood pressure.
- Running is Meditative
While boosting brain muscles and creativity, running is also beneficial to your mental health. Not only will exercise help you build a strong and health body but also a strong and healthy mind. Running allows you to release endorphins as well as endocannabinoids which can create what many consider a runner’s high.
- Running will help you build resilience
Not only does running improve mental health but also mental fortitude. It can be very challenging to motivate yourself to get up every morning and put on your running shoes. However, as you build a rhythm and stick to a workout routine you will find consistency, seeing results and finding it easier as you go along.