Benefits of Running: 35 Reasons to Start Running

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Running can at times seem like a daunting task, but there are many reasons why you should include running in your daily life.

Here we share with you 35 Reasons to Start Running, to inspire you to get healthy, be strong, and live better!

1. Inspire Others (and Yourself)

Running is a continual challenge and triumph. Not only will you inspire yourself to greater heights, you will inspire others around you. Whether you are running to lose weight, trying to get healthy, or simply for the fun of it, you are bound to inspire people in your journey.

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2. To Be Healthier

Be a healthier human being by committing yourself to taking care of your body. By participating in running, your body will function better by boosting your bodily systems to be more responsive. Overall, you will be feeling and living better.

3. Stress Less

Life can be incredibly stressful. From the demands of jobs to unexpected events, it can be hard to know where to shake off your stress. While pounding your feet against the pavement, you can relieve your stress and ease your mind.

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4. Anywhere, Anytime

You can run anytime and anywhere. It takes minimal effort to get out there and run. Just lace up your shoes and hit the pavement or trail!

5. Boost Your Energy

Exercise releases endorphins, which gives you better energy throughout your day. The more energy you have, the more time you can spend doing what you love.

6. A Community Supports You

There is a strong sense of community when it comes to running. There are thousands of running groups online and in the real world that are ready to support every struggle and victory you experience. Consider joining a group to keep yourself accountable and motivated.

7. Achieve Better Productivity

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Several studies reveal that exercise can help you achieve better productivity. Which means running can give you a clearer head at work. With increased productivity you can boost your career by getting more work done, so you can come home to family and friends sooner.

8. Clears Your Head

Give yourself a sense of clarity by clearing your head as you run. As you take in the scenery around you, you can ease your mind about life's greatest troubles. With a clear head, you can navigate life just a little bit better.

9. Improves Quality of Sleep

Insomnia and poor sleep seems to overwhelm the world. With busy schedules and fast paced lifestyes, it can be hard to sleep easy. Running helps you stay asleep and overall improves your quality of rest during the night. Better sleep will have you feeling more rested and ready to face the day.

10. New Exploration

The fun thing about running is you have an excuse to explore new places. With the unique opportunity to discover new trails or paths, you can open your mind to new pathways. Embrace the beauty of your surroundings and find a new adventure around every corner.

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11. Gives you a Stronger Core

The stronger your core is, the less likely you will suffer from injury. Be aware of proper alignment and how it affects the rest of your body. With a strong core, you can experience more ease doing other activities you enjoy, and live a pain free life.

12. Helps Your Memory

Exercise has been shown to boost your long and short term memory. A sharp mind helps you remember cherished memories and retain new information more acutely. With better memory, you can recall needed information, fun facts, and every day occurances.

13. Uplifts Your Confidence

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Running positively effects your self-esteem. When you push yourself to new levels and achieve, you will be able to look at yourself with satisfaction and confidence. Do something for you, and uplift your confidence through the power of running.

14. Healthy Skin

Running increases circulation for nutrients and oxygen to reach your skin cells. Enhanced blood flow helps your skin regenerate faster, which gives you a healthy glow. Running also decreases pore blockage from inflammation that is caused by stress.

15. Promise of Burned Calories

You burn off roughly 100 calories per every mile ran, but the amount you burn is dependent on your size, efficiency, and individual body response. Running can help increase your metabolism and promises to assist in burning off those extra calories you don't want.

16. A More Defensive Immune System

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Intense exercise has the ability to suppress your immune system, which can help you from getting the common cold. However, too much exercise can dip your immune system in the danger zone and cause the common cold or a virus to progress. Be aware of your body's needs and what may be circulating around.

17. You Can Still Run in Every Season

Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, you can run in all! Running has no specific season that many sports do. No matter the weather, terrain, or season, you can head out for a run. Experiencing the elements gives your body better resilience, which gives you the confidence to push forward in any challenge.

18. Healthy Heart

Running helps keep your blood pressure low, and lowers bad cholesterol. It also can reduce the risk of having heart disease and prevent an existing condition from getting worse. You will be able to live happy and healthy with your heart beating strong.

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19. Build Up Stamina

Running teaches you to stay strong against challenging body pain or circumstance. Build up your stamina by jogging or running consistently. Slowly build up your stamina by keeping your runs low in mileage before building up to bigger aspirations.

20. Stronger Sense of Self

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When you run you learn all your strengths and weaknesses, physically and mentally. As you start to break down the little things that limit you from your potential, you will develop a stronger sense of self and understanding.

21. Teaches You to Be Humble

As running points out your weaknesses and challenges you on multiple levels, you will learn to humble yourself. It is a constant learning process, but it is well worth it. When you can humble yourself in your own struggles, it will help you understand others better.

22. Assists in Calming Your Emotions

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If you struggle with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health problem, running can help calm and combat hard emotions. Exercising is a healthy way to cope with the intensity that life brings as well as equips you with ways to handle stressful happenings in the future.

23. Balances You

Running is about balance. Whether it is balancing your life, or improving your form, running can help bring all aspects of your life on the same level.

24. Manages Your Pain Levels

If you have trouble managing your pain, running can help you be tolerant of a little discomfort. One study revealed that exercise can increase your ability to withstand pain. It also can help those who suffer from chronic pain better manage their pain levels for daily activity.

25. A Conversation Starter

If you are ever wondering what to bring up at a get together for a conversation topic, take a chance and talk about your running. Be open and honest about the struggle and victory of running, you may be surprised about who you may inspire or interest.

26. Accomplish a Goal

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Life is about the small goals that you can achieve. Running helps you accomplish small and big aspirations that can lead to you feeling more successful in life. As you achieve your goals, set new ones along the way so you can continue to challenge yourself.

27. Saves Money

Rather than paying for a gym membership and spending hundreds of dollars a year, you can save money by just getting outside and running. Your wallet and your body will thank you.

28. Keeps You on Your Toes

Running is a constant learning game. From new injuries to new understandings, you will constantly be on your toes trying to figure everything out. Learning helps improve your memory and keeps your mind active. So the more you can challenge yourself to new heights, the better you will be able to run and process the great mysteries of life.

29. Running Late? No Problem

If you consistently run, it will make catching the train or bus a lot easier. Even walking up stairs will become a breeze as you head to your next event. Defy the odds of the normal life and keep up on hilly walks or getting to your favorite sports event.

30. Ride Solo or With Friends

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By choice you can run alone or with friends. Running can often be “me” time, which can help ease your mind after a long day. However, it also can be nice to ask friends to come along. Whether you need to blow off steam, or simply are running for the joy of it, running can help improve your relationship with yourself and your friends.

31. More Muscle Strength

Working your muscles on multiple levels through running helps build a stronger body. Pair your new running routine with cross-training methods that help balance your strength and give you the capacity to finish any mileage you aspire to.

32. Inspires Happiness

What is often referred to as a euphoric runner's high, is more than just triggering your brain to enjoy running. A hormone known as the “satiety hormone”, otherwise known as leptin helps regulate your energy storage levels. Leptin appears to fluctuate in those who are less active, which can contribute to sleep deprivation, and emotional stress. Leptin levels fall when a person runs, which contributes to a better mood and inspires happiness in you and those around you.

33. Shifts Perspective

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Shifting your perspective takes time and a different lens to look through. As you take up running, it can give you new understanding of your own surroundings and of yourself. Discover new ways to view life through the challenge and beauty of running.

34. Run With a Cause

Running for a cause is one of the greatest things you can do as a runner. From 5k races to ultra marathons, you can help others along in their journey by running for something greater than yourself. Join thousands of runners who run not just for themselves, but for the benefit of others.

35. Improves Overall Quality of Life

Running has proven to improve your overall quality of life. Mental, physical, and emotional health can all reach new positive heights by the simple act of running. Run for you, run for a cause, and run for your life. You have run out of excuses why not to run, so get out there!

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Bethany Widdicombe

Bethany Widdicombe

Bethany Widdicombe is a runner at heart, a researcher by nature, and a writer by passion. Having traveled across the world, she continues to be an advocate for awareness and knowledge that empowers people to a better life. You can now find her running out on the trail, or nestled away writing her next article.

Portland, OR