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The Benefits of Running

Today is Global Running Day, a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. In the spirit of Global Running Day, we wanted to highlight some of the key benefits and some that you may not have known of before. Runners High Running has mood boosting effects. When you run your brain pumps out feel-good chemicals, which act as a natural pain reliever, helping you to exercise for longer periods of time. These feel-good chemicals are endorphins and endocannabinoids. A type of endocannabinoid called anandamide is found at high levels in the blood of people who have recently completed a run, and research suggests that anandamide may trigger runner’s high, releasing short term positive effects such as reducing...

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The Importance of Rest Days

Once you start running it can be hard to stop. When we see ourselves smashing our goals, whether it be improving stamina, distance, or time, we don’t want to slow our progress. However, rest days are equally as important as training days if you do want to progress as a runner. You need to give your body time to recover for it to get stronger. When you run you are causing microscopic tears in your muscle fibres. As you can imagine, your body doesn’t enjoy this, so it responds by rebuilding your muscles to be stronger. However, this is only possible when you rest. The body can take anywhere from 36 to 48 hours to recover, and without the rest...

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How Strength Training Can Improve Your Run

A common misconception is that weight training will make you bulky or that in order to lose weight you should only do cardio. However, neither of these ring true and there are so many ways in which strength training can benefit you when running. Preventing Injury Strength training helps to prevent injury by, you’ve guessed it, strengthening the muscles. When you run the force of roughly three times your body weight is placed through each leg. By building muscle you are better able to absorb the force of each step which will reduce the strain of your joints. It’s particularly important to incorporate strength training if you plan to increase the distance or pace of your runs in order to...

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