It is already proven that running is one of the best activities that can make you lose weight. Running is not really easy, but after you practice it the feeling that the mission has been accomplished compensates every effort and every drop of sweat. Only those who run know how pleasurable it is.
Running is nothing more than an aerobic activity. Nothing new about that. However it only exists when it reaches a balance between energy expenditure and oxygen consumption. Normally such harmony can be achieved, on average, after about four minutes of constant running, walking, swimming, or cycling.
The level physical fitness and the specificity of this conditioning are important factors to the increase or the decrease of the time required to reach the aerobic predominance.
So, no more of the same old story that “you can’t do it,” and let’s see the opinion of professor of physical education Maron Abreu, on what are the top ten reasons to start running.
10 REASONS TO START RUNNING:
1 – Simplicity
Running is an extremely simple and democratic physical activity, requiring just the right footwear, light clothing and a space to do it. You can run almost anywhere.
2 – Weight Loss
Running is an aerobic activity, and so, demanding a high caloric expenditure and prioritizes the use of fat as energy substrate. In short: it makes you lose weight.
3 – Walking
There are some aspects that should be observed in terms of an adequate and safe training for it, but beginners can perfectly take advantage of this activity as an initiation for this practice. In due time trotting can be gradually introduced, at a certain point, and then progressively.
4 – Physical Fitness
After a medical examination, running as an aerobic activity will provide gains in cardio-respiratory capacity, decrease in heart rate and blood pressure, an increase in breathing capacity, leading to most “stamina”.
5 – Well-being
Most physical activities, particularly the aerobic ones, provide the release of neurotoxins, like serotonin and endorphins, which generate immediate feelings of pleasure.
6 – Socialization
There are legions of runners, teams, events, forums and groups living the atmosphere of this practice. This can provide a lot of social interaction.
7 – Increasing your physical training
With the advancement of this practice, other types of training are needed, such as stretching and strength training, and should be part of any physical fitness.
8 – Physiology
Besides cardio-respiratory evolution some adaptations will occur: the gain in peripheral circulation, hypertrophy gain of the lower limbs, and even bone mineralization.
9 – Hobby
We need activities that could generate pleasure and something to direct our focus away from work and daily commitments. Running is a great option!
10 – Motivation
Finally, for those who like challenges and need them to stay motivated, running is a great option because you can set new personal goals all the time, and also comparing your performance in relation to others or participating in specific tests.
The most important thing is to respect and to “listen” to your body. And whenever you feel ready, go further and try to overcome your limits. Now that you have ten reasons to start running, begin doing it now!
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