The Benefits of Running | Pledge SportsPledge Sports

The Benefits of Running | Pledge SportsPledge Sports


Right now at PledgeSports we have a huge focus on health and fitness and when it comes to being active, running is the sport for many fitness beginners.

Running is probably the most accessible sport in the world, you only need a pair of runners and you’re off and you don’t even need them if you live near the beach! Running is a sport that anyone can do without serious physical harm, requires no lessons or classes, has no weather restrictions and can be done anywhere and at any time.

8 different running disciplines

Let’s look at the benefits of running as an exercise

aerobic exercise

Running and jogging are both great and really easy forms of aerobic exercise. Aerobic means ‘with oxygen’ – the term ‘aerobic exercise’ means any physical activity that produces energy by combining oxygen with blood glucose or body fat. Aerobic exercise is a must in any fitness plan.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Different Surfaces

physical benefits

Running is a weight-bearing exercise so it will help build and maintain healthy bones. Along with a healthy diet it’s great exercise for weight loss. While it’s not as good for muscles as many sports or gyms, running does work for you.

Running starts with the legs – toning the calves, calves, hamstrings and quads. Cross hilly terrain and your glutes will reap the rewards. But running doesn’t just strengthen the lower body. But running doesn’t just strengthen the lower body. A straight, supported spine is a must for any runner and you’ll be constantly relying on your abdominal/core muscles to stay straight while running or jogging.

mental benefits

Running is not only good for your body – it also works wonders for your mental and emotional health. There’s a lot of research out there that shows that exercise not only helps combat stress, but it can also help elevate your mood. Studies have also proven that exercise can play a deeply therapeutic role in relieving psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, stress, and sleep problems.

Mental benefits of exercising or playing sports


So it is clear to see that running as an exercise has amazing benefits, along with easier, lower or longer cost and accessibility. But there are a few things to watch out for – shin splints can be a common runner problem. To avoid this, make sure you have the right running shoes and remember that different running surfaces have different effects on the body. Here’s a guide how 7 different running surfaces can affect the body.

If you want to mix up your running up a bit, try running on hills or trails. There are many benefits of trail running compared to road running.. Another great way to make running more physical.

trail running

best running workout

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