Running can be exhausting, painful and boring, so why even bother? Many people do it because not fitting into that itty bitty bikini is a bigger bother.
Running regularly is a great way to achieve an ideal weight because it helps lose the ”Winter layer” and increases lean tissue for a trim look. A person loses about 100 calories for each mile run, making running one of the most effective cardiovascular exercises.
Besides losing weight, running helps fight the signs of aging by preventing muscle and bone loss. Regular, high-intensity exercise has been proven to encourage production of human growth hormone, popular in Hollywood and among athletes for its restorative properties.
Everyone can use some help fighting disease. Running reduces the risk of strokes, heart attacks and even breast cancer. It lowers blood pressure by expanding and contracting arteries nearly three times as much as normal. Additionally, doctors have urged many patients at a high risk for osteoporosis, diabetes and hypertension to take up running as a treatment option.
Running can also help maintain our general health. It raises good cholesterol and reduces your risk of blood clots. It boosts our immune system by creating a higher concentration of white blood cells that attack diseases.
But even something so good for you can be dangerous. Experts say that nearly 60 percent of runners experience some sort of running related injury. Preventing injuries is a large part of running and here are some ways to do so:
- Choose the right running shoe. Be sure they fit well and supports your feet properly.
- Stretching thoroughly before and after you run.
- Because running too much can cause injury to your body, only run a moderate amount each week and add other forms of exercise to your routine.
- Be sure to drink enough water. Dehydration can lead to hospitalization.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen to help protect your skin from the elements.
Run your way into a healthy lifestyle and remember to do it safely!
Photographer: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Location: Gateway Quarter
Model: Johanna Hartman
Makeup Artistry: Jocelyn Sparks, Zoë Custom Cosmetics