Feeling a little unmotivated to train today? Banish the excuses as Jayme Ng and Gus Lin, personal trainers at Pure Fitness, share five ways that running and cardiovascular fitness can help boost your productivity at work and play.
Put on your shoes and head out, because these five benefits make going for that run for more beneficial than not doing it:
1. No Frills Exercise
With the freedom to run almost anywhere and at anytime, running is a form of cardio exercise that is easily accessible. All you need to do is lace up your favourite pair of running shoes and you are good to go. It is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to reap the important benefits of exercise.
2. The Runner’s High
Runners will know all about that feeling of euphoria after a good run. If you start your day with a run, this burst of endorphins can help to reduce anxiety and improve your mood so that you are ready to take on any challenges at work.
3. Stay Energised
Running strengthens the aerobic system which is the human body’s largest supplier of energy. An improved aerobic system will help to produce greater amounts of energy at a faster rate. It also boosts heart health which enables us to keep up with the little ones at home.
4. Stay Mentally Fit
The link between running and mental health isn’t new. There’s ample evidence to show that running improves concentration, boosts memory and slows cognitive decline. So get up and get moving!
5. Strengthen Belief in Yourself
Running can be a great source of confidence and self-esteem. Over time, when you start clocking in longer distances, you will also begin to appreciate how far you have come. This feeling of accomplishment can then spill over into both your personal and professional lives and inspire you to take on new challenges.