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Five reasons: why you must run some more

Failed to get up for that early morning jog again? Stop pressing that snooze button, put on your running shoes and get started. For running is not only a great cardio workout that helps aid weight loss, it can also improve your self-esteem and help find new friends.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 08, 2014 18:34 IST

Failed to get up for that early morning jog again? Stop pressing that snooze button, put on your running shoes and get started.

For running is not only a great ­cardio workout that helps aid weight loss, it can also improve your self-esteem and help find new friends.

Read: Run for all-round good health

Here’s why one should break into a run:

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1 Become more social: If you struggle to find time to see friends and fit ­everything else in your life, then combine the two. Look for running groups and make friends with like-minded people.



2Improve your self-esteem: Running will not only increase your energy levels, but also your self-esteem. You’re likely to feel ­better post a good run. It is a good ­stress-buster, too, as ­running boosts the brain’s serotonin levels.



3Burn more calories: Studies have proven that ­jogging or running burns more calories than uphill walking and cycling. It is suggested that this may be so because the pounding of weight-bearing activities such as walking and running may cause more fat burning than a seated exercise like biking, or an activity like swimming where there is no pounding at all.



4Continue to burn fat even after the jog: Running helps boost metabolism and keep it going even when you’re not moving. So after a good run, you’re still burning calories.



5Prevent disease: Many researches say that ­running can help lower the risk of breast cancer. It can also help reduce the risk of ­having a stroke. Many ­doctors recommend running for people who are in the early stages of diabetes, high blood ­pressure, and ­osteoporosis, and it is proven to help reduce the risk of having a heart attack.

(With inputs by ians)

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