Five Health Benefits of Running

June 5th is annually recognized as Global Running Day, a worldwide celebration of running that encourages people of all ages and abilities to get moving. This day plays an important role, reminding us of the positives that running can offer to our physical and mental health. Running (or jogging) is a popular form of physical activity, and is appealing to many of us because it doesn't cost a lot to take part and you can run at any time that suits you.

In today's busy world, many of us spend the majority of our time at work - and often that consists of sitting at a desk for hours behind a computer, significantly limiting our ability to maintain an active routing. Studies have shown that an inactive, sedentary lifestyle is associated with higher mortality, coronary artery disease, hypertension and stroke. It is also a primary cause of most chronic diseases, as the body rapidly adapts to insufficient physical activity which results in substantially reduced quality of life. However, regular physical activity such as running can significantly improve mental health, self-confidence, healthy ageing, and quality of life. Regular running or jogging offers many health benefits. Running can:

  • help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise
  • strengthen muscles
  • improve cardiovascular fitness
  • burn plenty of calories
  • help maintain a healthy weight

We understand everyone is built differently and has different physical abilities and limitations; therefore, running isn't for everyone. It is important to know your own personal capabilities and consult with your doctor before starting a running program. Your doctor can help you determine what type of exercise routine is best for you and give you tips to help maximize your efforts and keep you safe. If you don't have a primary care provider or if you are interested in finding a new one, visit to find an office near you.

Global Running Day is so much more than just a day to celebrate running. This year, let's make this day an opportunity to celebrate healthy lifestyles and take strides toward healthier, more active lives.