The most obvious reason for running is that it doesn’t require much besides running shoes, and even those are optional. It’s free; you don’t need an instructor or a gym. You can run when it’s hot, when it’s raining, in the morning or at night. So starting is easy, but keeping at it is hard. But thankfully, we have several good reasons to keep up the pace.

Endorphins keep you happy – All cardiovascular exercises, including running release endorphins. These hormones that block pain and enable you to experience the euphoric feeling, that’s typically felt at the end of every run.

Running increases your grey matter – A recent study has stated that hundreds of thousands of new cells are created in your brain’s grey matter with just a few days of running. You get smarter the more you run. It’s a win-win situation.

You get a washboard stomach – There’s no denying the fact that running tones your entire body, and if you’re consistent it takes care of that belly fat. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a flat tummy!

Running is a great way of starting your weight loss routine (Image: GoToVan)
Running is a great way of starting your weight loss routine (Image: GoToVan)

You will sleep better – There’s no denying the fact that running is hard work. No matter how long you’ve been at it, running takes a lot out of you physically, thus enabling you to be tired (instead of wired) at the end of the day. Sleep well, runners.

Your body will be thankful – This is a rather evident effect of running, so if none of the others swayed you, this one should. Running regularly reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

As a bonus, you can expand your social circle thanks to an automatic entry into the not-so-secret community of runners. What’s more, running stories are always a great ice-breaker!

Main Image: Chris Hunkeler

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