35 Healthful Reasons to Run (if “Runner’s High” Isn’t Reason Enough)!

35 Healthful Reasons to Run (if “Runner’s High" Isn’t Reason Enough)!

Who knew that there are so many reasons to run or jog?  We’ve gathered a few of the most interesting reasons and submit to you, dear reader, that the best one may be the fully legal cannabis buzz.

We are constantly exposed to information praising the effects of vigorous exercise such as running and jogging. The difference between a jog and a run is basically the intensity and the speed in which they are done. Running is different from jogging in that it requires more effort from the heart.

Runners high is caused by feel-good hormones called endocannabinoids

Endorphins are chemicals produced by the body to fight pain. Until very recently, they were getting all the credit for what is popularly known as “runner’s high”. You know, that feeling of being at one with the universe that comes after prolonged exertion.

But endorphin molecules are too big to pass through the brain. And inside the brain, of course, is where all mood elevation happens.

Recent studies in Germany have shown that it’s a different group of chemicals called endocannabinoids produced within the body that give that blissful post-run euphoria.

Endocannabinoids are functionally identical to the mild components of marijuana, and they can be legally obtained in all 50 states. Just run until you’re buzzed. Run a marathon, well don’t get us started!

Running can help promote meditation

Other recent studies show that meditation helps elevate the performance of the grey cell matter in our brain. Grey matter controls most of our physical actions and much of our mental processes as well. Meditation also helps dispel depression and anxiety, and it improves our focus. The solitary experience of jogging along your favorite path provides an ideal time to employ meditation to enhance your life.

Running improves the quality of your sleep

We all know by now that sufficient amounts of healthy sleep are among the most important aspects of well-being. And regular physical exercise helps us to consistently get a good night’s sleep. The energy depletion which occurs during running kickstarts the restorative processes that occur during sleep.

Also, regular running appears to especially benefit older folks, who are the most common victims of sleep disorders.

Running helps decrease cravings for sweets and other unhealthy substances

Another recent study shows that running reduces cravings for sugary foods and even lessens desire for alcohol. So there are many good reasons to lace up your runners and head out the door to create a better you.

Be aware that running can sometime cause foot problems, so we at UFAI are here to keep your feet happy and your running smooth!

Read more about the 35 ways to run for good health, even if you are a beginner at: www.sport-fitness-advisor.com

Suzanne Hawson, PT, DPT, OCS

Suzanne Hawson, PT, DPT, OCS

Suzanne Hawson, PT, DPT, OCS, CF-L1 has served as Director of Physical Therapy with UFAI since 2006. She graduated with her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy at College of St. Scholastica.
Suzanne Hawson, PT, DPT, OCS

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