Health Benefits of Running

The (Mostly) Scientifically Proven Benefits of Running

  • Runners high is a real thing! Running elevates your mood by stimulating the same pleasure and reward receptors as recreational drugs. If you are feeling down, 20 minutes of running can lift your mood. Drug-free is the way to be!
  • Short intervals of high intensity running is the most efficient way to burn the most calories in the least amount of time.
  • Running regularly better prepares you for survival of a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Running just 50 minutes per week protects your body from risks of diabetes, some cancers, arthritis, and high cholesterol.
  • Running improves productivity, creativity and work performance.
  • 30 minutes of running combined with warm-ups and stretching (45 minutes in total) will boost your metabolism for the next 14 hours.
  • Running makes you better able to cope with daily stress and negative emotions.
  • Running provides confidence, improves body image and elevates self-esteem.
  • Running improves the speed at which you pet all dogs.
  • Running makes you process and retain information more efficiently.
  • Running HIIT work is the fastest way to a six pack.
  • Running will help you fall asleep quicker and stay asleep, improving both the time and quality of your sleep.
  • Running increases libido in both men and women.
  • It also improves reproductive potential.
  • Running improves skin complexion and keeps you looking younger.
  • Running regularly makes you better able to make a mad dash from the creep at the bar.
  • Running makes you more able to deal with negative emotions.
  • Running is a drug-free way to help regulate blood pressure.
  • Running helps improve self control, which will result in healthier choices in various aspects of your life.
  • Contrary to popular belief, running actually strengthens the muscles, joints and bones in both the knees and back.
  • Running improves insulin sensitivity and reduces blood glucose levels.
  • Running speedwork increases your chances of making it to the 6 train before the doors close in your face.
  • Running will significantly lower your chances of many types of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
  • Running will add 3.5-4.5 years to your life— even if you are a smoker! But still… quit that nonsense.