I ran by a little boy on my run the other day and as I passed he looked up at his mom and said “Mommy why is that lady running?” Do you ever find yourself thinking the same thing? Why would you be running when you could be at home getting an extra hour of sleep before work? I’m going to let you in on a little secret – most runners run because they love it! Here are a few reasons why:

RUNNING IS EASY

Well, it might not be easy, but it’s easy to get started! Running doesn’t require a gym, or equipment and there are no skills to master besides putting one foot in front of the other. All you need to get started is a good pair of running shoes to provide proper support to your feet and some comfortable clothes!

BURNS LOTS OF CALORIES

Studies have show that on average running burns more calories than a stair-stepper, stationary bike and other gym staples.

GOOD FOR YOUR HEART

Running is a great way to work out your heart. The faster you run, the stronger your heart will get! Running has also been shown to lower blood pressure, raise good cholesterol, help to manage and prevent diabetes and boost your immune system.

STRENGTHENS YOUR JOINTS

Contrary to popular belief, running can actually be good for your joints!  Running supports your cartilage by increasing the oxygen flow and flushing out toxins.  It also strengthens the ligaments around your joints.

REDUCES RISK OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

By helping you maintain a healthy weight, running actually reduces your risk of osteoarthritis.  Being at a healthy body weight puts less strain on your knees, which reduces your risk.

REDUCES STRESSES

For many people running is a great way to release stress and tension in your body.

SLEEP BETTER

Studies have shown that people who have problems sleeping, fall asleep much faster on days where they have gone running.

IMPROVES VISION

This one might come as a surprise, but many researchers have proven that running can actually improve vision and reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

So, lace-up your sneakers, drink lots of water and step-out the front door to start your journey towards better health!