The Health Benefits Of Running

Last updated: February 19, 2019
Published 6:17 pm

As a fitness instructor I often get asked the question “Is running good for you?” The simple answer is yes, in more ways than one. Running is one of the many positive things associated with healthy living, exercise and recreational activities. It’s one of the easiest workouts which is probably why it’s one of the most popular among fitness enthusiasts and athletes. Not only can it be incorporated into almost any detailed workout routines or simple daily life, it’s also extremely good for you in many ways. However, like a builder with poor quality tools, there’s no point jogging or running if you’re going to wear sub-par footwear, because in order to get the ideal exercise results you’ll be surprised to learn how much of an effect a pair of good sneakers can have on your run.

If you’re on this page you probably already know the health benefits of running, but for those who don’t, here are a few tips as to why running is good for you:

The Top 4 Tips

An infographic on why running is good1. It’s a great way of losing weight

Infact it’s probably the best exercise to lose weight. Many people on the path to weight loss will put their diet to suffer unnecessarily, unknowing that a daily run can burn fat and shed pounds without doing any damage to you in any way.

2. It’s a good key to living longer

According to the NHS running tips for beginners, regular jogging can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. There are plenty of cardio workouts at home which are great, but better yet, outdoor or treadmill running daily is an active program which really gets the blood circulating. Going for a good run even if it’s a minimal amount of 15 minutes per day can really improve your health beyond belief and add years to your life, in particular by lowering blood pressure and reducing cholesterol.

3. It strengthens joints in the body

Running daily keeps your joints strong and prevents them from locking up during old age. Despite the common myths, provided you’re wearing a pair of good running shoes, there is no proof that it damages joints, instead it strengthens them better than any other aerobic exercise. Researchers at The University of Missouri compared bone density with cyclists and runners; 63% of the cyclists had low density in their spine or hips compared to only 19% percent of runners.

4. It makes you happy

Imagine the satisfaction of going for a good run, coming back knowing that you have been burning calories, strengthened your bones and joints, and increased your life expectancy. Surely that’s enough to make anyone happy right?


As you can see, from a health instructors point of view although there are numerous ways to keep fit, the cheapest, easiest and most fulfilling all-body inner and outer workout is running. Provided you’re not over-doing it and pushing yourself beyond safe limits, there is no reason not to run. If you have any further queries please feel free to get in touch using the contact form.