Don’t get us wrong, the gym is great! Strength training is amazing for weight loss, muscle gain, and for your overall health. However, the amazing benefits of running make a really good case for those considering it, too.
Here are our top 15 reasons why running should be your next hobby:
- Running can help you live longer due to its cardiovascular health benefits.
- Running gives you an unmistakeable high due to endocannabinoids (molecules) being pumped out by your brain.
- Running doesn’t require you to commute anywhere.
- Running helps you lose belly fat.
- Running can help you get more vitamin D as you spend more time outdoors.
- Running burns a lot of calories assisting in weight loss.
- Running doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment.
- You can walk/run your pets at the same time as you get your exercise.
- Running gives you more energy throughout the day.
- Running strengthens your bones.
- Running can help fight off a common cold.
- Running is a great form of exercise for people at any fitness level.
- Running can be social if you head out with a friend or join a running group.
- Running boosts your mood with the release of dopamine from the brain.
- Running can help with eye health as studies show those who run 5 kms or more per day have a lower risk of developing cataracts.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find everything you need to for running close to home.