Why Start Running? 10 Reasons to Start Running

Have you never been a fan of running? We're about to change your mind!

Put one foot in front of the other and start chasing these awesome benefits of running. Here are ten reasons why to start running for your health and happiness!

1. Running Makes you Feel Healthy 

Whenever you complete a run, no matter the distance, and take a deep breath, knowing that you just did something to improve your health and well-being – there’s nothing like a good cardiovascular work out to achieve that!

2. Running – Even Just a Little – Helps You Live Longer

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (2019) suggests that running can lower your risk of early death from all causes by 27 %.

Weekly running resulted in: 

  • 30 % lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease 
  • 23 % lower risk of death from all types of cancer

These health benefits come from running even just once a week, for less than 50 minutes a week, and at a speed below 6 miles per hour! Now that’s a great return for our efforts!

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Woman running in sun set. She's in a forest and there are leaves on the ground.

3. Running Makes You Smarter 

We are all well aware that exercise increases brain activity, but scientists have also discovered that hundreds of thousands of new cells are created in the brain’s grey matter (that area of the mind that controls memory and learning) after running for only fo a few days!

4. Running Helps You to Push Your Limits 

If you put in the work you'll see your running improve and that's such an awesome feeling of accomplishment! Not only do you become faster, stronger, and more consistent over the years, but you'll also learn that your body can do so much more than you'd originally have thought! That applies both to on and off-track!

5. Running Keeps Your Belly Flat(ish) 

This is no secret: Running burns visceral fat, the type of fat that lives in the abdominal-baby-flap area of the body. Having a flat(ish) tummy is a great motivation – lace those sneakers and hit the road! 

6. Running Equals More Sportswear 

Admit it. If you could choose, you'd probably always want to wear sportswear? If you keep running and working out, you would also need more sportswear, am I right? 😉

Tights are so comfortable, and we got one for every occasion – running included. Why not try our bestseller Reflective Shape Tights with reflective print – perfect for outdoor running!

Woman in BARA Sportswear Reflective Shape Tights. One picture shows the tights in the dark and one picture shows the tights in daylight.

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7. Running Makes You Happy

Have ever finished a run being sad? Running releases endorphins (happy hormones) in the brain that can make you feel more happy, energetic and more awake. Endorphins are considered natural "painkillers" and can help minimize discomfort. 

8. Running Can Improve Sleep Habits 

Did you know that adults need 7–9 hours of sleep? The older we get, the more important it is to carve out that easy, restful, peaceful 8–10 hours of slumber each night. 

According to a 2019 study of people working out in the evening, the people that did aerobic training achieved more time in deep sleep at night.

9. Running Clears Your Mind and Gives You Energy

Ever stumbled upon a problem, or perhaps you had an argument with someone and didn't know what to do? Running can help you clear your mind and solve problems. Why? When running, you force the mind to push forward, and this helps you to be forward-thinking.

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10. Running results in lower biological age

New research shows that running and interval training has a good effect on our cells – so good that we actually become biologically younger from it. Weightlifting does not have the same effect.

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