Why Running Helps You Lose Weight


Running is one of the most common exercises done today. It’s free, easy to do, and you can even enjoy the wonderful nature around you while you’re at it. Some people run so that they can stay fit while some run because they want to lose weight. It, alone, cannot immediately make you lose those pounds but there are ways that running can slowly help you lose all of those off.

It contributes to stress relief. One effects of stress is weight gain. The stress hormone, cortisol, makes you crave for junk foods and, obviously, make you gain more weight. With running, the brain releases endorphins or also known as the “feel-good” hormones. The body uses this to quell pain, enhance the immune system, relief stress and anxiety, and even slow the aging process. Less stress meaning less fat building up in you.

Running make you eat healthy and take in less calories to help lose weight. You tend to crave for foods after running and it’s not uncommon that people would end up eating chips, cake, or anything of the like and end up gaining back or more calories that they just burned. While including running in your routine, you need something that can be your fuel and the right things are fruits and vegetables. These types of foods contain less fat, therefore, taking in less calories.

It can still help you burn calories when you sleep. Running is a high-intensity exercise and can help you have more “afterburn” than low-intensity exercises. Your energy expenditure stays high after you run which helps you burn calories even if you’re asleep.

Running is convenient. You can do it anytime, anywhere. You don’t need to worry about gym memberships or special equipment. All you need are your running shoes, running attire, water, and maybe some music or an audio book, and you are good to go. You can still run even though you’re traveling somewhere. The things you need are always portable so you almost have no excuse not to do it.