Burn Baby, Burn
If you’re trying to tone up for swimsuit season, running is a great way to shed a few excess pounds—especially when you consider that, on average, running burns 750 to 800 calories per hour (based on a 160-pound individual).
When you run, you sweat, and even though it may not be pleasant post-run, working up a sweat literally flushes the body, skin, and pores of harmful toxins—the bad stuff that cause acne and other blemishes.
Strengthen Bones and Joints
While a mix of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training is ideal for building strong joints and bones, running on its own does provide the impact needed for stronger bone and joint health.
Run to De-Stress
I admit, I often go for a run after a stressful day at work—and I feel better afterwards for it. Running 3 to 4 times per week not only burns off anxiety, studies also credit hitting the pavement with reduced high blood pressure risk and lowering existing hypertension rates quite quickly and safely. Just be sure to consult with your doctor before taking up running.
Run to Live Longer
If you plan to live to the ripe old age of triple digits, running just might be your secret! In fact, Stanford University studies show that those who remain active longer actually far outlive sedentary individuals.