Running requires a great deal of energy and burns a lot of calories, making it a great way to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
Engaging in aerobic activity regularly and for extended periods of time will strengthen your heart and build your endurance.
Bones are stimulated during runs, becoming more resistant to weakness from old age and less susceptible to osteoporosis.
Running is a great cure for stress, emotional strain, and even mild depression. Research has shown that healthy adults who exercise regularly are generally happier than those who do not.
As the body is conditioned to reach running goals, the mind is also trained to set and reach goals through determination and hard work.
Running can be challenging, which adds to the sense of accomplishment and pride that is felt after practice or a race.
Running is a lifelong sport and only requires a pair of sneakers and the desire to run; almost anyone anywhere can be a runner!
Running is a great way to meet new people—finding a running buddy or joining a running group can help develop a sense of community.
Running for a cause or to benefit a charity can help motivate a child while helping those in need.
From the New York Road Runners’ Fact Sheets
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