Benefits of Running

As a physician, Cecilia Gaffaney understands the benefits of exercise. One of Cecilia Gaffaney’s favorite forms of cardiovascular exercise is running. Running provides a number of benefits:

  1. Improved cardiovascular and muscular endurance: Running involves repetitive motion that improves the muscular endurance of the large and small muscle groups in your legs. Likewise, running at a steady pace raises your heart and respiration rates, which improves the endurance of your heart and lungs.
  2. Improves bone density: Studies show weight bearing activities like running increase the density of your bones, making you less prone to fracture.
  3. Improves mood: Running releases endorphins, brain chemicals that have a positive impact on mood.
  4. Burns fat: Running and similar aerobic activities burn fat and calories, which can help control weight.
  5. Helps control diabetes: Running can help diabetes by improving how your body uses insulin. It also increases circulation, which may protect against diabetic complications.
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