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Get Addicted to Running! - Rivertea Blog

Get Addicted to Running!

| On 06, Jun 2013


It’s painful and exhausting, so why do most people do it? Scientists say running is the fountain of youth and for good reason. It provides both physically and emotionally benefits and is incredibly effective at making you a healthier, more energetic person. It’s not just that it has positive consequences on your body, but it makes you happy.

Running can become a big part of your life. You’ll get hooked to the outdoors and fresh air, surrounding yourself with nature’s elements. Soon, you won’t get enough of it. So how does this addiction actually happen?


The addiction doctors recommend

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There is nothing wrong with running or needing to run. Addiction to running is a positive thing as it reliefs stress and helps you lose weight. Most runners, though, say their passion goes beyond the obvious benefits any new beginner would consider when deciding to take it up. The strongest motivation lies in the intense exhilaration and euphoria that come after a run.

What actually happens is that the nervous system releases a beta-endorphin, intended to alleviate the pain, but actually creates the feeling of extreme happiness. So you get an intense high and you want more of it each day. The addiction was confirmed by researchers at Tufts University through a study done on rodents. Through an intense running regimen, they proved the brain can release chemicals that mimic the same buzz as opiate use.

It makes you feel good and it burns fat. It’s the perfect exercise and it’s basically free. Surely there is more to it, then just gratification. Let’s see 360 outline of how it affects you.


The best results of running


The most obvious reason to start running is weight loss. Being a rigorous cardiovascular exercise, you burn in average of 100 calories per mile or 1000 calories an hour, so be prepared to lose weight fast. That could mean a change in your wardrobe, which we think you won’t mind. Also, it helps tighten your skin and build up more muscles for you to look fit.

Secondly, it improves your health considerably. It boosts you immune system and circulation, reduces any risks for heart disease, helps you control diabetes and especially recommended for women in order to prevent cancer. This means no more colds for you, breathing better and getting your energy level to an all time high. In addition, it takes care of your mental health, as well: relieving stress and improving your mood. People who run are less likely to suffer from depression and have more confidence than others. How could you not with the body you’ll have!

Running has a great impact on the brain, aiding to your learning and memory skills and storing new information. People who exercise have a higher tendency to remember names and experiences and are also better planners. Physical activity makes executive functions, such as decision-making, planning, organizing, juggling mental tasks, easier. If not anything else, start running for a sharp mind.

If you’re a runner, then we salute you. If you’re not or have given up, it’s time to get on that horse. Easy said and easy done. Just follow our advice.


Get started and keep going


Have you decided to get addicted to running? Then there’s one thing you have to do: start running. It’s that easy. Indeed there are a few things you need to know, so we made a list of to do’s to help you make the best of you first times.

  • Get good shoes: you don’t need an expensive pair, nor should you skimp. Go to a running store and seek advice on which shoes are better for you.
  • Warm up before: walk a couple of blocks before you actually start running and gradually speed up until you start feeling comfortable with the pace.
  • Take it slow: don’t push yourself at first. Alternate between jogging and walking, and be aware of your limits.
  • Watch your breathing: you should be able to carry on a conversation while running and your breathing shouldn’t be heavy.
  • Set some goals: for the first 8 weeks. It will help you get through the hard part and move on through the pain.

There is nothing better than getting over that rough point when you feel like giving up. Once you’ve reached it, there is no stopping you. It may take a couple of months before you start feeling the rush and excitement of running and, once you do, you’ll see what we’re talking about.


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