“Recreational or competitive running not only helps to improve fitness and general health but can also provide the companionship and support of like-minded individuals.”
Running is excellent for cardiovascular fitness and one of the most beneficial aspects of the sport is the general improvement in lifestyle for any participants. We tend to eat more healthily, we lose weight and we give up bad habits in order to perform at a better level each week.
Running can also have many psychological benefits. We runners typically report being happier and feeling less stressed than our counterparts who do not run or exercise regularly. Running actually has the ability to alter an individuals moods because hormones called endorphins are released while running. These hormones create a sense of euphoria often referred to as a runner’s high and can result in an improvement in our mood.
- Core strength
- Muscle tone