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Dust off those running shoes: Be a running Belle

Most of us know that exercising has a very good influence on our health. Of all exercises, running is one of the most common and most recommended one for weight management and overall health. Running also offers therapuetic benefits as well as physical ones. Running is the most complete exercise you can do, and it can be done any time of the year (even when it’s chilly). Here are a few reasons to dust off those running shoes and hit the pavement.

Confidence is bliss
Not all of the benefits of running are physical. Running can provide a noticeable boost to your confidence and self-esteem. By setting and achieving goals, you can help give yourself a greater sense of empowerment that will leave you feeling much happier. In time, you will notice that running actually makes you feel better about yourself.

Control your weight
Many people start running because they want to control their body weight. You start losing weight when you burn more calories than you consume. Your body turns to the fat it has stored in order to compensate for the energy loss. Running is considered to be one of the most effective exercises when it comes to burning calories. In fact, a typical runner who takes running seriously can burn up to 500 calories in less than an hour. That’s a lot of chocolate chip cookies!

Muscle magic
There is a very strong connection between the development of our muscles, bones and effort. Muscles and bones will grow depending on how much we challenge them. Your bones and muscles will get weaker over time if you sit at your desk all day. A perfect solution to this problem is running because it is highly demanding on your bones and muscles. Running will encourage the development of strong bones and enhanced muscle tone.

Happy Heart
Your heart will be more healthy and your blood pressure will lower in response to running on a regular basis. Running also lowers your cholesterol level and reduces the risk of blood clots and heart attacks.

Relieve Stress
Running long distances can help you find solutions to your problems or, even better, can make you forget about them for a few moments. After a running session you will have a more optimistic perspective.

Halt the Aging Process
As mentioned above, regular running exercises will make your bone and muscle structure stronger. People who do not live with active lifestyles will feel the effects of old age quicker because of decreased strength. Strong bones and muscles becomes more important as you age.

Gain Willpower
Running is not easy. It can be a very painful experience, especially for newcomers, and that is why most people drop it after a few runs and fall back to their old habits. You earn the determination and willpower to succeed in other areas of your life by pushing yourself to run.

Better Coordination
Running involves coordination especially on hard terrain with small obstacles like rocks and tree roots. Experienced runners who use trails as their route learn how to avoid stumbling and tripping on such obstacles.

There you have it, Belles. More than enough reasons to get up and get moving! There isn’t one part of your body that won’t benefit from running. Get out there and make yourself a lean, mean Blissful machine.


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