8 Benefits of Running That Make You Healthier and Happier

Improves Heart Health

Why is running helpful for you? Running dominates cardio. A major research in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running even five to 10 minutes a day at a modest pace greatly reduces cardiovascular disease mortality.

Gives You a Runner's High

A major advantage of jogging is mood-boosting. Justice says running releases endorphins and endocannabinoids, two potent feel-good hormones. The latter sounds like weed, right? For a purpose.

Strengthens Your Joints

Running doesn't increase the risk of osteoarthritis, even for marathon runners, according to a Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise study of over 75,000 runners and walkers.

Provides an Intense Leg Workout

You certainly noticed this running advantage when your legs were hurting the day after a long run, but here's why. Justice believes running benefits your inner and outer thighs, gluteus maximus.

Works Your Core

Running improves more than just your lower body. The workout challenges your rectus abdominis, obliques, erector spinae, and transverse abdominis.

Doesn't Require a Hefty Time Commitment

Work-related travel? No gym membership? Have 10 minutes to exercise? Hamilton said runners can run despite exercise limitations.

Helps You Build a Community

The running community is strong, and the rewards are frequently incalculable. "I can't think of a better place to find wellness-focused people than a running group."

Counts As Meditation

In case you hadn't noticed, jogging has advantages beyond the physical. "Many runners find that the time alone allows them to think and problem solve," he explains.