We all know that most people enjoy lifting weights when hitting the gym and when building muscle, it required great focus and strength, its help one to maintain muscle as you get older, and the most important part of course makes you look good! But when you are into fitness there is a lot more you can do that just lifting weights, which are also very beneficial to your healthy life style. One such exercise is running.
Running and building muscle might not natural be two peas in a pod. But chill out for a minute before you pour ice water over the idea. There is running, and there is running. You don’t have to train for a marathon to get some wonderful benefits from adding some running into your routine. And the best part of this, it won’t have any negative impact on your gym performance in fact it will increases your endurance in the weights room!
Some Amazing Benefits of Running for Lifters
1. Stimulates bone formation
When we run the stress on our bones increases through repetitive loading.
If training is planned properly to avoid overload, the bones will adapt to this stress and get stronger. A good running technique, as well as proper recovery, is crucial. As you age, adapting to this stress helps prevent bone loss and osteoporosis.
2. Strengthens your heart muscles
The physical demands of running on your whole body increase your heart rate. The heart has to pump stronger and faster to keep up with the intensity of the activity.
Having a “fitter”, stronger heart leads to less cardiac strain both when you’re resting and when you’re active. A strong heart also improves your blood circulation and lowers your risk of high blood pressure.
3. Boosts your energy and metabolism
It’s not uncommon to feel energized and more alert right after a run. However, the biggest benefits lie in the long term effects. You will notice that better circulation and improved lung capacity make you fitter for everyday tasks as well!
While everyone burns fat differently (based on many factors), running can be a really great way to stimulate fat burn. High-intensity and low-intensity running have their own benefits for fat loss. If you want to lose weight
4. Lowers your cholesterol levels
There are two kinds of cholesterol carriers in the body usually referred to as the “good” (HDL) and the “bad” (LDL) cholesterol.
Research shows that moderate-intensity running activities are effective in increasing the “good” cholesterol, which, in turn, reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke, and coronary artery disease.
To directly reduce the level of “bad” LDL cholesterol, it’s necessary to choose exercise with a higher intensity.
5. Lowers your blood sugar levels
A lot of energy is needed to support the work of muscles during running. The sugar (glucose) in your blood is used to fuel the activity. As a result, running lowers your blood sugar level.
Studies show regular running can increase your insulin sensitivity and help prevent diabetes. Why? When you are more insulin-sensitive your metabolism is better at keeping your blood sugar levels within a healthy range.
3 Reasons to Run in Summer
Anywhere, any time
Cardio is cardio but running has one incredible plus point – you can do it anywhere and anytime. No specialist kit needed, no venue necessary. You can do it at home, on holiday, away with work. All you need are shoes (and bra if you’re a woman!) and a route. No excuses!
The competitive edge
One of the great things about running for bodybuilders is that it can be competitive if you want it to be. The same can’t be said for – say – swimming, boxing, or rowing. Anyone at all can enter a local 5K race. Park runs are brilliant – free, friendly, and open to all. See if your town has one and get involved!
The benefits of outdoors exercise are widely acknowledged. Stress relief, Vitamin D, fresh air, mood boosting, and of course the chance to get away from your smartphone for a while. Running outdoors is a great way to enjoy all the benefits of being outside, plus extra calorie burning and conditioning.
Don’t get stuck in a rut of lifting – try adding some fast-paced running into your weekly routine and watch your physique and fitness adapt.
This blog is updated by Tranquillity 360 fitness personal trainers, as well as other guest bloggers.