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.
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)