Running for a lighter body

September 22, 2014

Well, even if you've been directed to this article unexpectedly as a result of searching for something else; there's nothing to worry, as this is surely going come upon you as a windfall, for the amount of good insight you will be carrying back.

Before you decide to take up running, it's important to understand what happens to your body when you break into a run - something we all hardly do. When running, it's the lower body (the legs) which kicks into motion, while the upper body is motionless except for the hands that swing back and forth. The legs turn into a giant 'spring' and lift the body from the ankle joint moving upwards to the knee joint (which takes the major load of the body weight). This process is repeated with each leap.

So, when this process is visualized in slow motion, it appears like the upper body is being jacked up and down by spring-like legs. This not only results in the stiffening of the leg's loose muscles, but also helps in melting the tenacious love handle. If you already have a good waistline, running will certainly help maintain it.

Other Benefits of Running

There is a globally held belief, backed by science, that exercising immensely improves our health in a variety of ways. And running is perhaps the best form of exercise. Let's see how it can transform and uplift our lives:

  1. Weight loss - A recent research has found that people who are overweight are more prone to stress-related diseases like cancer and type 2 diabetes. In this wake, it becomes all the more important to take up running in your own small way. A 150 pound person can lose 100 calories by running for a mile. Running is considered one of the best ways to lose weight and get into shape.
  2. Stress buster - Another research has proved that a protein called BDNF is released by the brain when we exercise. This generation of BDNF greatly enhances the mood by forming a barrier against stress, thereby keeping it at bay.
  3. Improves memory - Running improves the quality of signals that are transmitted between memory circuits.

All the points above contribute to having a lighter body, which keeps diseases at bay and the mind peaceful. And if an inspirational quote is what motivates you, read this:

"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement." - Steve Prefontaine

Now, where are those running shoes?