Every year we get loads of amateur and new runners with us for the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k.
Some people loathe running, and exercising in general, but there are numerous benefits that arise from running, and exercising regularly; these benefits are physical, emotional and mental.
- Running makes you happier.
- Running strengthens your knees (and your other joints and bones, too).
- Running will keep you sharper, even as you age.
- Running reduces your risk of cancer.
- Running adds years to your life.
- Prevents disease.
- Running can also boost your immune system.
- Boosts your confidence.
- Relieve stress.
- Great for your lungs.
- Aids digestion.
- Helps you sleep.
- Good for your bones.
- Improves your strength.
- Prevents high blood pressure.
- Lessen effects of asthma.
- Time to think.
- Free time away from the rest of the world.
This year we asked you why you run. The answers we got varied and the reasons were different for different people. Some of the reasons do in fact match up with the benefits that running provides. They were:
- “I run because I drink”
- “I run to clear my mind from the mundane tasks of this world called ‘life’”
- “I run to keep fit, lose weight and the smug post run satisfaction”
- “I run because otherwise I’d be fat”
- “I run so I don’t feel guilty about the takeaway I have after”
- “I run too support charity this year I’ll be doing a quadruple challenge for Marlie Grace Roberts Appeal”
- “I want to see my son grow up. I want to be fit.”
- “I run because it just seemed like a good idea – now I’m hooked! “
- “I run because I like chocolate a little too much”
- “We run to stay fit, for the endorphins and because we can!”
- “I run because I love food and wine!”
What other benefits of running can you think of? Is there any particular benefits that you experience personally? Why do you run?
From your friendly neighbourhood runner
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