“If you don’t think you were born to run, you’re not only denying history. You’re denying who you are” Christopher McDougall
As humans we are designed to be active and the body can cleverly adapt after exercise. When we are active, and especially when we run, so many positive changes happens to us, both mentally and physically. Here are examples of a few;
Healthy Mind – running relieves tension, depression and anxiety and as ‘feel good’ endorphins are released in the blood runners are happy people.
Happy Brain – as the body works hard the brain reaps the benefits. Running stimulates the creation of new nerve cells and blood vessels within the brain an organ that tends to shrink as a person ages.
Healthy Heart – this is an integral muscle in the body, and as it works harder it also gets stronger.
Happy Blood Pressure – arteries expand and contract while running. Being active helps to keep the arteries fit which in turn keeps blood pressure within a normal range.
Strengthens immune system – regular running builds up tolerance to germs which results in fewer minor illnesses.
Physically strong legs – Runner’s legs are a powerhouse. They move us from A to B, carry us up and down hills, and allow us to run long distances. They also will have a hard time fitting into skinny jeans when you are in the thick of marathon training.
Relieves stress – Running boasts the brain’s serotonin levels which make us calmer and more relaxed. Who said we can’t run away from our problems?!
Increased bone density – Running stresses the bones – but in a good way! Through running, essential minerals are sent to the bones which makes them stronger.
Increased joint strength and stability -Running increases the strength of our ligaments and tendons. We find, through running, that our joints are able to withstand more mileage and more uneven terrain as we get fitter and stronger. But that doesn’t mean we’ll never sprain your ankle while running on the trails of Wales! So do be careful!
Increased confidence – Once we start running, generally our confidence begins to grow as well. Confidence can make us feel more in control of life and your body. We all even begin to think we look good in spandex tights!