Why running is good

Why running is good

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Why running is good

Why running is good

Thousands of athletes take part in running events in Germany every year. They train for months in advance for their first competition or a new best time and fight their inner bastard day after day.

Running is a sport for everyone – whether young or old, fat or thin, athletic or unathletic. It is fun and has numerous positive effects on you and your body. In the following we will show you which ones, among others, are the most important.

Mental strength

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If you already run regularly, you will know that by doing this sport you can train not only your endurance but also your mental strength. 

Getting up to go for a run in all weathers requires a lot of motivation and discipline. How often does the sofa not look too tempting in such moments. However, if you can resist the temptation and complete your running program, it will increase your will power considerably. 

If you are on the running track, your legs will get tired, but the goal is still a long way off. In this situation, not giving up, but holding on and continuing to run will help you to improve your mental strength.

Strengthening the lungs

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If you want to do something good for your respiratory system, then running is exactly the right thing. Although you cannot strengthen your lungs per se, you can train your diaphragm by exercising. This muscle is located just underneath your lungs – when it tightens, it increases the volume of your chest and you breathe in.

If your diaphragm is not strong enough, your breathing volume decreases, which means less oxygen gets into your bloodstream and your performance drops. However, you can effectively counteract this problem with regular running and therefore diaphragm training. 

The extent to which running can strengthen your lungs is also shown by the weight loss that often accompanies training. By having less body fat on your chest, your lungs can develop further. The intercostal muscles tire more slowly and your entire respiratory system works better.

Strengthening the bones

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Contrary to many assumptions, bones are by no means rigid structures in our body that merely keep you upright. They are tissues that are constantly changing according to their requirements. 

On the one hand, this happens with the help of osteoclasts. These are cells that are responsible for bone resorption, which can be the case when there is a lack of physical exercise. 

On the other hand, the osteoblasts, bone-building cells, are activated during walking. Compared to other sports, it helps here particularly well, as it puts a positive strain on your bones. Only through this do they adapt to the situation and remain strong. 

The strengthening of the bones is proportional to the training effort. This means that the more you run, the more resistant your skeletal system becomes. 

Effects on the immune system

Perhaps you have noticed that regular runners are less likely to be ill. There is a good reason for this: by running you not only train your muscles, lung function and bones, but also your immune system.

First and foremost, the sporting activity means a stressful situation for your body. The brain then sends signals to the adrenal glands, where adrenaline is released. This hormone, in addition to increasing heart and respiratory rate, causes the number of defence cells to rise and they become more active. Natural killer cells as well as T and B lymphocytes can be detected in the blood in increased numbers until the end of your unit. Your immune system is thus strengthened.

However, do not let it come to a constant overload of your body. In many cases, this can have exactly the opposite effect, an immune system weakness.

Increase of calorie consumption

Perhaps you have noticed that regular runners are less likely to be ill. There is a good reason for this: by running you not only train your

Besides all the positive physical and mental benefits, running can also help you lose weight effectively. 

Your calorie consumption depends, among other things, on both your body and your running speed, but rough averages can be calculated. According to the study, women burn approximately 600 calories in a 10-kilometre run that takes 60 minutes. Men burn even more with 750 kilocalories. 

No matter how fast you run, your calorie consumption will always be higher in a running workout or competition than it would be in many other sports.

muscles, lung function and bones, but also your immune system.

First and foremost, the sporting activity means a stressful situation for your body. The brain then sends signals to the adrenal glands, where adrenaline is released. This hormone, in addition to increasing heart and respiratory rate, causes the number of defence cells to rise and they become more active. Natural killer cells as well as T and B lymphocytes can be detected in the blood in increased numbers until the end of your unit. Your immune system is thus strengthened.

However, do not let it come to a constant overload of your body. In many cases, this can have exactly the opposite effect, an immune system weakness.

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