Running has many health benefits. It will help keep your heart healthy as it strengthens your heart muscle and helps keep blood flowing throughout your body. Running also helps to control your cholesterol – which will also help guard against heart attacks.
Strong bones are also a by-product of running. Don’t listen to those that tell you that running will destroy your knees. It actually helps. Running helps your bones to stay healthy. It also helps to build bone mass which will help ward off osteoporosis as you get older. So, in actuality – running will help your knees stay strong!
Your mind will stay sharper. Studies have shown that older adults who are in shape scored better in mental tests that those that did not exercise or run. These studies also have shown that regular exercise has helped improve memory thinking and language by almost 50% in stroke patients.
Running has also been shown to help prevent certain cancers. It won’t cure it – but, it can keep you free from it. And, if you do have cancer, many cancer patients have said that keeping up with their running programs have helped them get through their treatments.
If you are an advocate for a certain charity – you can raise money for it by running. Many runners have started by training for a 5K (3.1 mile race) to raise money for their cause. It’s a great way to raise money for others while you are getting yourself in shape.
As you can see – there are many reasons to begin running. And, the beauty of running is that you can start at any age. There are many that start running in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond.