How Jogging Changes Your Life... and Your Waistline
Jogging is not just the easiest form of cardio out there, for some, it's a way of life! While beginning joggers who realize they have a LONG road ahead of them often quit before its benefits kick in, others who stay true to the routine find they have received more than just some pounds shed. Here's what studies say about the benefits of jogging other than weight loss:
1. You're overall just happy!
Call it a runners high or just an influx of endorphins, but studies show that runners who have experienced depression gradually lose the sad thoughts with a persistent work out routine. We're sure you've heard joggers often call running their drug of choice. The reason being, when given atleast 30 minutes of running a few times a week, you tend to lose anxiety, depression, and start gaining a higher quality of life!
2. Running keeps your brain in shape!
If you are getting old or worrying that you are losing it, try jogging! Studies have found that healthy older adults scored better in mental tests than their unfit peers. More so, in stroke patients, regular exercise improves memory, language, thinking, and judgment problems by almost 50%. A research team found “significant improvements” in overall brain function at the conclusion of the program, with the most improvement in attention, concentration, planning, and organizing.
3. Jogging reduces risks of cancer!
It's no cure, but definitely a start. Jogging has so many benefits and studies have shown that healthy people who exercise regulary are less-likely to get cancer. As many know, Cancer is the number one killer in America, along with Obesity. Seeing the trend?
4. You live longer!
Even if you meet just the minimum of amount of physical activity—(30 minutes, 5 times per week), you’ll live longer. Studies show that when different types of people started exercising, they lived longer. Recently quit smokers add roughly 4.1 years to their lives; nonsmokers gained 3 years. Even if you’re still smoking, you’ll get 2.6 more years. Cancer survivors extended their lives by 5.3 years. Heart disease gained 4.3 years.
Jog, atleast 5 times a week, for a minimum of 30 minutes. You'll not only start shedding pounds, but you'll be happy, smarter, most likely cancer-free, and you'll live longer! Jogging will change your life for the better, so get off your butt, put on some sneakers, and hit the streets!