Running is a popular choice when it comes to fitness, and for good reason. It is not only a convenient way to work out, but it also provides numerous benefits to those who do it regularly. Below, David Reagan – a certified personal trainer from Atlanta, shares five reasons you should make running your exercise of choice.
Running is a Serious Workout
If you go for a run in the morning, you can expect to burn an average of 100 calories for every mile you tackle. Of course, the specific amount fluctuates depending on your weight, gender, and how fast you run. But, regardless of the fluctuation, running is an extremely beneficial workout. It helps you shed calories, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and targets a variety of muscles, including your quads, hamstrings, and glutes.
You Don’t Need a Gym Membership
Most workouts require equipment and a gym membership, which means you have to tailor your fitness schedule around gym hours and pay a fee in order to workout. However, running doesn’t require any of that. When you choose running as your fitness activity, you can do it anywhere, at any time. Choose to run in the city on sidewalks or on scenic trails. Run in the morning, or run late at night and admire the stars. It doesn’t matter because you aren’t limited to business hours. And, the only cost that comes with running is a pair of shoes and comfortable pants.
Running is Good for Your Mental Health
Almost any type of exercise you do will release endorphins into your body, but the more a workout increases your heart rate, the more endorphins your brain will release. Since running is a cardio workout, you can expect to get a rush of endorphins that is known as a runner’s high. Running is an excellent choice for most people, but the release of endorphins makes it extremely beneficial if you’re constantly in your head and prone to worry.
You’ll Enjoy Picturesque Views
When you run outside, you get the chance to explore nature’s picturesque views such as rivers, parks, hilltops, or lakes. And if you run in the early morning or later in the evening, you get the added bonus of a sunrise or sunset. Running along scenic routes helps calm your mind and take you out of your head, which can make the exercise more enjoyable and help relieve stress.
Start Your Day Off Right
If you want to get the most out of your run, you should consider running in the morning. Working out in the AM will help you to feel energized and accomplished at the very beginning of your day, which can affect your mood and overall productivity. Plus, you’re more likely to stick to a morning routine, since there’s not much to distract you, such as drinks with friends after work.
From improving your physical and mental health to providing you with toned thighs and sculpted glutes, running is an excellent choice for anyone whose goal is to workout out more and enjoy doing it. No other workout provides such freedom. You can run anywhere, anytime, and enjoy the beauty of nature (and some vitamin D) while you do it.
About David Reagan
David Reagan is a NASM Certified personal trainer from Atlanta, Georgia, who specializes in weight loss, personalized workout plans, bodybuilding, and nutrition. He caters to high-end clients and executives, helping them achieve their fitness goals by accommodating their busy schedules. The client’s needs come first, and David’s fitness plan will set you up on the path to success.