6 Benefits Of Running That Will Get You On Your Feet!

Written by Dr. Pramod Mane on Fri, 11 November 2022


Take faster steps towards a healthier life.

Running can not only change your life, but every aspect of your life. It has amazing benefits in terms of resistance to infection as well as overall benefits on your body, mind, and health. With the right footwear, right supplementation, and right hydration, running can set you on the path to better immunity and health. So, the next time you lace up, remember these key benefits what you can look forward to.

Benefit 1: Improve your immunity faster

When you run, your heart rate increases due to adrenaline and more blood moves through your body. At this time, your body calls on your white blood cells—your body's immune system cells—to race around and fight off any potential pathogens. These cells scan the body to attack and eliminate bacteria, viruses and fungi. Research indicates that running helps rid the lungs of airborne bacteria and viruses, while also causes the loss of carcinogens through increased sweat and urine loss.

Benefit 2. Say hello to a few more years

Studies suggest that running improves your lifespan and adds about 3 years more to your life. This is because, running improves your cardiovascular fitness, reduces fat and improves your body composition. It also lowers cholesterol, gives you excellent control over glucose and insulin, gives you stronger bones, improves your hormone regulation and improves your neurological functioning! Turns out, any amount of running, even once a week is better than no running.

Benefit 3: Get the joint benefits of a stronger back and knees

The idea that running is bad for your knees is a popular fitness myth. Long-term studies show that running doesn't appear to damage knees but in fact improves your back and joint health. However, researchers caution that if you've had knee surgery or if you're more than 20 pounds overweight, you shouldn't jump right into an intensive running routine.

Benefit 4: Lose weight and keep it off

For a lot of people, losing weight isn't a problem, but keeping it off is. Individuals who successfully lose weight and keep it off, burn about 2,800 calories a week through planned exercise which can be achieved best through running. In just 30 mins of running you can burn up to 200 to 500 calories, as running involves continuously moving your entire body weight. Running is shown to burn calories long after a workout, may help suppress appetite that could increase harmful belly fat.

Benefit 5: Get closer to boosting your mood for good

Studies suggest that daily exercise and running can help you move away from depression. Running puts everyone in a better mood and this has been backed by science. Running or jogging, release endorphins that can reduce depression and anxiety. Endorphins are the body's natural pain — and stress — fighting chemicals that are responsible for the famous "runner's high". Running is not only good for your body; it is also great for your mind.

Benefit 6: Get more sleep and more benefits

Running helps you fall asleep more quickly and improves sleep quality. Better sleep means you win a surplus of health benefits from falling sick less often, maintaining a healthy weight, lowering your risk of health problems like diabetes and heart disease. Sleep also reduces stress and improves your mood. Thus, the more you run the more you can dream about enjoying these health benefits.

If you are new to running, it is important to stretch more, learn the proper form and create an organized weekly plan that can help you train well. Check out these few points to make every move matter when you exercise.


Dr. Pramod Mane

A Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Pharmacology., currently based in Mumbai, India, Dr Pramod Mane, comes with an experience of more than 20 years of working in Medical Affairs in the Pharmaceuticals & Nutraceutical Industry. Director of Medical Services at Mega Lifesciences since 2008, Dr Mane has been associated with several MNCS in the areas of Medical Affairs, Medical Services, Medico-marketing, Pharmacovigilance & Clinical trials in his illustrious career.

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