The benefits of running

10 May, 2016

Running generates numerous benefits for your health. With physical exercise controlled and supervised by professionals, your body can benefit from multiple positive benefits for you and your health. The campaign Entrena Tu Salud [Train your Heath] will show you some of them.

It delays aging

Running slows the decrease of maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max.). When it falls, the possibilities of moderate physical activity are more limited. Therefore, it is important to have high values of VO2max. And as we age, our levels drop (ml / kg / mkn)

It releases stress

People who perform regular intense aerobic exercise have less stress in adverse situations than those sedentary people. Running causes the release of endorphins, also known as the hormone of happiness.

Running saves lives

Running reduces the risk of contracting diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension or obesity.

Stronger muscles and bones

The footrace is an aid to strengthen bones and increase its density. The practice of physical exercise prevents sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass). Running prevents osteoporosis.

It improves mental activity

With regular practice of running we will improve our brain blood flow. We will have a larger stock of nutrients and oxygen together with an increase of neurotransmitters that enable a more active connection between neurons.

It increases self-esteem and self-confidence

Running let us have a better version of ourselves both physically and mentally, it strengthens our self-esteem and self-confidence.

It improves flexibility and coordination

Running, specifically running technique exercises, improves our coordination, allows greater frequency and length of movements.

Running is good for your cardiovascular and respiratory system

The practice of aerobic exercise is recommended for cardiovascular function, allowing our heart to pump more blood to the body and more efficiently. Therefore, it decreases the likelihood of cardiovascular risks. In addition, it improves our breathing rate.

It improves your attitude to life by the generation of endorphins.

Running causes the release of endorphins, producing a feeling of wellbeing and reducing anxiety, depression and stress.

Running is a socializing discipline

Running allows us to exchange training and experiences with many people. Besides, the goals runners achieve have nothing to do with beating other athletes, but to improve oneself. Therefore, it is a good tool for improving interpersonal relationships.




Decalogue developed by medical professionals of the Department for Sports Health at Nisa Hospitals Salud Deportiva de Hospitales Nisa.


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