7 Ways Running Makes You Better

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You already know it’s true, but here are 7 simple reasons why running makes you an overall better person.

1. Running makes you happier.

Studies have shown that regular moderate exercise helps people cope with anxiety and depression, both during and after a workout.

2. Running makes you tougher.

A recent study from Australia has shown that regular exercise improves peoples’ pain tolerance. The point at which they felt pain (pain threshold) remained the same, but they were able to tolerate existing pain much longer after taking part in a regular exercise program than before.

3. Running makes you smarter.

A study by the Journal of Adolescent Health in 2012 showed that running 30 minutes per day for 3 weeks improved quality of sleep and ability to concentrate. Another study by the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review showed powerful evidence that regular exercise reduces age-related mental decline, including memory capacity.

4. Running helps you live longer.

Studies show that just 30 minutes of exercise per day, 5 days per week, improves lifespan in people across the board.

5. Running helps you deal with life.

Life is stressful. Running helps you deal with it by causing your body to release excess energy and hormones that can contribute to unnecessary stress. It can also help reduce the occurrence of tension headaches.

6. Seriously, running makes you happier.

The runner’s high is a real thing. A study by Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in 2006 found that just 30 minutes of exercise could immediately help improve the mood of someone suffering from depression.

7. Running puts you in control.

By running regularly, you help alleviate disease, reduce your need for medication, and improve your attitude. Being in control of these major life factors helps you be a more confidence, happy and successful person. So keep running to stay in control of your health, your life and your future.

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