The Benefits of Running

The Benefits of Running

Vanessa Pacheco, Head Photographer

Going on a run is easier said than done. Many people think of running as difficult and although that may be true to some, there is also a positive side to it like serving as an amazing outlet to relax. Most importantly, it has numerous health benefits.


1. A longer life

According to various studies, it has been shown that running can add more years to your life. That is due to the fact your body is in great cardiovascular fitness meaning your bones are strong, glucose and insulin levels are in check, and a low cholesterol level. Even starting off with small runs will have a great impact on your health.   

2. Allows you to lose weight and maintain it

This activity makes you burn a lot of calories because you are moving your whole body when doing it. Running at least 300 minutes a week will allow you to keep the weight off. As you put in the work and consistently keep running you will see the effectiveness.

3. Lowers the risk of getting ill

Illnesses such as Alzheimer’s are reduced when running because when performing this activity a protein is released which makes neurons survive and grow in the brain. Therefore, protecting you from cognitive decline in the brain. Running can also reduce the risk of developing cancer. There was a study from 2016 that demonstrated that mainly runners had a lower chance of getting 26 types of cancer. 

4. Reduces stress

This form of exercise is one of the most accessible ways to release all the stress and tension that builds up in your body. Whether it’s from work, school or personal problems running is a great outlet to take your mind off anything. Running reduces the stress hormone known as, cortisol, so after a run, you will feel at ease.

5. Improves self-esteem 

Achieving any running goal you have will automatically boost your self-confidence because you did not think of it as possible. It allows you to have the mentality of, “If I can do this, I can do anything,” which is such a positive way of thinking. 


These are just a few of the numerous benefits of running. Take some time to try it out, you never know you may just like it.

On a personal note, I’ve never been an athletic person but last school year I joined spring track. The first week was so tiring because my body was not used to being active, but as time went on, I started to get better and it wasn’t so bad. As I practiced more I began to like the feeling I would get when running. It’s as if I escaped to another place and simply just focused on finishing my run. Currently, I still go on runs to stay physically active, but I also enjoy it now. I know it can be intimidating to start running but think of the incredible journey this activity will take you on. So, if you are contemplating going on a run or perhaps even joining track, just go for it.



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