People may think it's weird that I like running, but once you hear me out, you may think otherwise. Of course, I'll talk about why it's good exercise, but there are also other reasons I like it.
First off, like I said, I will talk about how great the workout is. It's great cardio, and cardio talks about the heart, which means you'll have a better heart. Also, it's a great way to build muscle. Now, that doesn't mean ditch the weights, because you need other parts of your body built up too.
Since running is a weight-bearing exercise, it helps build up bones. As I like to say, it's the exercise form of calcium. It also burns off kilojoules, which is basically energy.
The next reason is because it helps me think. Whenever I have writers block or I'm struggling with school, a good run always helps me think it out. I get time to start being creative, which makes for some good work.
The next reason is because it's a great way to have free time, to get away from the world. When I'm running, it feels like the world is mine. Everything stops and lets me be me for a while. Sometimes, that me time is really important.
Lastly, it helps with stress. When I'm on my runner's high, nothing can get me down. My mind is right, I'm as optimistic as can be, and my panic levels go to an all-time low.
It's also been proven that running helps with stress. A recent study showed that when people and animals exercise, GABA is elevated in the brain, which helps mental function, which helps reduce stress.
Also, if you didn't know, stress can actually help with exercise. It will help you push yourself because you have so much anger and tension built up when you're stressed.
If this didn't persuade you to start running, I don't know what will. I've been running since I was six years old, and I don't ever want to stop. After reading this, I hope you are inspired to join us runners on the streets tomorrow.
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