Has your doctor recommended you take up an exercise routine, but you're not sure what to try? Running is a cheap and effective option that may be what you're looking for.
You'll burn calories
Weight loss is a great reason to take up running. There's no magic number of calories you'll burn each run, but most people tend to burn about 100 calories per mile, and about twice as many calories per minute as walking. If you only have a short amount of time, running is an efficient way to get in a good workout. You can increase the burn by throwing in a few high intensity intervals to your workout-- try sprinting for 30-seconds, followed by walking or jogging slowly for one minute. Repeat for the duration of your workout.
Your self-confidence will increase
The more you run, the more your body will change. Running can be a great way to increase your confidence in your appearance. But more than that, it can help you respect and love your body. There's a tendency in many people to participate in negative self-talk—maybe you hate your thighs, or wish your stomach were flatter. After you've just hit your fastest pace, or gone your farthest distance, however, it's difficult to be anything but appreciative of your body, imperfections and all.
Your heart will thank you
Running causes a number of physiological changes in the body that benefit the heart. It helps lower your LDL cholesterol (the bad kind,) while raising your HDL levels (HDL is the good type of cholesterol). It also may lower your blood pressure, help shed excess weight, and lower your resting heart rate-- all of which translates to a more efficient heart muscle. It's important to note, however, that runners should receive regular physicals to help ensure there are no underlying heart conditions that running may exacerbate.
Running is unique in that you can make it as complicated or as simple as you want. If you want to keep it cheap, lace up a pair of gym shoes and hit the road. Or, you can let yourself be swept up in the different types of running shoes, races, and gear. Not to mention the mechanics of running itself-- some runners talk about their VO2 max and heart rate like they're discussing the weather. It's up to you how involved you want your running to be.
Running is an excellent option for anyone looking to get in a good workout in a short amount of time. Before starting any exercise routine, remember to consult your family doctor, such as Orange Beach Walk-In Medical Care.