Why steady running is good for you

Going steady is the key to health and fitness benefits

Why is steady running good for you? There are in fact a lot of health benefits to be had through steady running. Here we take a look at the top reasons why steady running is good for you.

Any weekly running plan should have a purpose, whether it is as simple as running further than last week or increasing the actual amount of time spent running. Having a running aim gives us something to measure success against, even if that success is minimal by other people's standards.

Improved performance is due to improved fitness levels which allow us to achieve this extra training load. But what are the actual health benefits of steady distance running?

Steady running is good for your heart

A consistent period of training will mean you have a much lower resting heart rate than you had before you started out. It will also produce improvements in your respiratory system, meaning your blood will circulate more efficiently around the body.

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Steady running helps with weight control

The more you partake in steady running, then the more efficient your sweat rate becomes, and the greater your chance of losing weight. This is particularly the case if your steady runs are of a long duration and they are frequent throughout the week.

Steady running reduces stress levels

If you have high stress levels, then running can really help. Steady running is a great way to get away from the stresses of the day, and what's more, it helps rid the body of the stress-related adrenaline that has been produced in the course of the day.

Steady running reinvigorates your body

Steady running is beneficial if you have  a job that means you are sat down all day or is not very physical. The exercise will also ensure that your body is reinvigorated after being laregely stationary throughout the working day. Running can also help keep your cholesterol levels down.

So what is the best way to do steady running?

Steady running outside is generally considered more beneficial than running on a treadmill because you can usually run for longer, and it offers varied terrain, whereas a treadmill forces you to change (or pre-programme) the levels of a treadmill. Running outside means you are out in the fresh air which will be of greater benefit to your lungs that being on a treadmill indoors likely breathing in some recycled air conditioning.

The more steady runs you can do a week, the more beneficial it will be to you, although in the outset you need to build up slowly. Similarly, the further you run in these sessions, the more beneficial it will be for you in the long term.

If finding time for running sessions is difficult, it may be best to run more miles on the sessions that you can manage. For example, if you run for five days a week over a set distance per day such as 6 miles (9.65km) to reach a 30 mile per week target, then if you are only able to run three sessions per week, you would need to run 10 miles (16km) per session.

Obviously, the more regularly you can get out, the more benefits it will give you and the easier you will find the running. It also lesson your chances of getting injured if your mileage is not too intense over a short period. However, even if you are going out steady running regularly, it would help if the distances were not the same each day. Therefore, a longer run of 12 miles (19.31km) might be followed by much shorter runs of say 8 miles.

In any form of running, the more often you can do it, the more proficient and efficient you will become and the more benefits you will acquire. However, for your running to bring you all the benefits outlined above, your running needs to be consistent week-on-week.

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