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6 Reasons Why Running Is The Best Exercise Ever!!

Running is an exercise which has a lot of benefits. To find out what are they, read further

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Oct 04, 2017: Don’t you sometimes want to run a mile just to clear your head? Well, running has been proven to be one of the best forms of exercise. Anybody would agree that if you want to want to get in the shape, then running would be the solution. Running often helps us view health from a completely different perspective. There are many benefits of running including lifting up moods and preventing diseases. Not only is running extremely beneficial for almost every part of the body but also for relieving stress. Thus we can say that running is the best exercise for the people who do not have the time to go to the gym.

Now let’s delve into the 6 ways about why running is so instrumental as the Best Exercise:

Maintaining Good Health

Running provides a boost in the overall health level of our body. It has been proved by research that running keeps the cholesterol levels in check and reduces the risk of heart diseases drastically. It not only leads to an increase in the level of good cholesterol but also helps the lungs by increasing its functional ability and use. Running can genuinely improve your immune system and as a matter of fact can reduce your risk of growing blood clots.

Losing Weight

One of the main reasons people indulge in running is because they find it to be a great mechanism for losing weight. Running is dependable and a rational choice if you want to maintain your body shape or lose a few pounds. It has been proved to be an effective exercise for burning a few empty calories.

Reducing the risk of Diseases

Running cannot cure cancer but definitely help in preventing it. Women can drastically reduce the risk of breast cancer if they indulge in running. Running is extremely helpful for people who are undergoing chemotherapy. It can increase the quality of their lives and also the duration of it by 5.3 years.  It can prevent chances of a stroke. Running strengthens your cardiac muscles and the arteries thus diminishing your prospects of getting a heart attack. Plenty of doctors recommend running as the primary exercise for patients with diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and most importantly heart patients.

Also Read: Regular Physical Exercise Can Help You to Prevent Dementia: Research 

Makes you happier and Improves your Confidence

Running does not only have physical benefit. It also helps in bringing about the emotional and mental well-being of the runner. It leaves the runner with a greater sense of self-esteem and adds a boost to the confidence which in turn makes the person feel empowered and ready to achieve anything.  If you have had a bad day, running will lift your mood. This is due to the release of the good feeling hormones known as the ‘endocannbinoids’. These hormones are what cause the ‘runner-high’. Thus running leaves you with a sense of satisfaction.

Helps in battling Depression

Running can strike some serious cords in battling depression. When you are suffering from depression, your brain needs a change of mood and that can be achieved by changing.  When you run, the brain secretes the ‘endocannbinoids’ which make you feel good. Research has shown that in fact there is no better way to treat depression than undertaking an exercise like running.

Reducing Stress

Running is shown to have affected the stress level of the person massively. If you run the chances of you getting stress headaches is diminished. Since running helps in reducing stress, it indirectly brings back the appetite and helps the person to sleep better.

The benefits of running are not limited to only the above. There are much more and all of these points at how running is so benign for you. Running is extremely satisfying for the soul, body, and mind. Running fills us with a new dash of energy and enables us to deal with the world in a new context and with a better focus.

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Avoid Foods Full of Trans Fats if You Are Worried About High Cholesterol Levels

Fat is an important part of any balanced diet but the type of fat you eat matters the most particularly when it comes to cholesterol level so make sure you are avoiding the ones that is causing health problems.

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The World Health Organization said Friday that adults and children should limit their intake of saturated fat — found in foods such a meat — and trans fat — found in foods such as french fries.
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Fat is an important part of any balanced diet but the type of fat you eat matters the most particularly when it comes to cholesterol level so make sure you are avoiding the ones that is causing health problems.

Manoj Acharya, Food Consultant at Zappfresh and Mehar Rajput, Nutritionist and Dietician at Fitpass tells us about the foods that are full of trans fats and are harmful to our health.

* Cakes, pies and cookies (especially with frosting) : Most cakes and cookies mixes list 0 gm of trans fat on the label. But there is a catch. Manufacturers can list 0 gm if the trans fat content is under 0.5gm. Those small amounts add up when you eat multiple serving of sweets that too with frosting. An average serving of frosting contains 2 gm of trans fats, plus the same amount of sugar.

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* Biscuits: This one surprises a lot of people. Biscuits contain 3.5gm of trans fats. It also contains over half of the daily recommendations of sodium.

* Margarine: Most margarine makers have removed trans fats from their ingredients. But you still must check. The few that still contains trans fats as high as 3gm per servings.

* French fries: You need to be cautious about where they fry your French fries in Vanaspati ghee or hydrogenated fat. Though certain food chains decided to turn healthier by becoming trans-fats free, you must care about it. But if you are cautious about health, you shouldn’t be having French fries.

Cholesterol -- a molecule normally linked with cardiovascular diseases -- may also play an important role in the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease, researchers have found.
Junk Food is highly rich in Cholesterol, pixabay

* Fried chicken: Just like French fries you need to be sure that your fried chicken has not been fried in hydrogenated oil. Same goes for fried fish.

* Frozen foods: People who are perpetually busy tend to pick up frozen meals from the supermarket. They are most likely to have trans-fat in them as they need to be kept preserved for a longer time.

* Ice creams and Indian savouries: It contains 0.5 gm of trans fat per servings. But if you read the ingredients list, the listing of partially hydrogenated oil is missing. That may be because there are naturally occurring trans fats in fat-containing dairy products which are not as dangerous as the manufactured trans fats. These products are high in calories, so one should still keep a check on their intake. Besides this, all the India savouries like Gulab Jamun, Gujhia, Laddo and Kachouri.

Ice cream bouquet in NYC
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* Popcorns: There is a good way and bad way to eat popcorn. The snack itself is a healthy whole grain packed with fibre. It is the extra add-on that gives it that trans-fat flag. Plain popcorn is fine but when you add butter to it(which is not real butter ), it made it loaded with trans fats with no other health benefits in it.

* Non-dairy creamers: For coffee lovers, non-dairy creamers can become an integral part of their morning. Over time, however, they can also add trans-fat to your diet. One serving contains 0 gm trans-fat, yet, for some flavours, partially hydrogenated oils are the second or third ingredients listed, which can add up if you drink multiple servings in a day. So keep a check on the portion size.

Also Read: Low Carb and High Fat Diet May Help Maintain Eyesight

* Sandwich spreads: Think twice before next time when you go out to have your sandwich with spreads if you got cholesterol concern. Trans fat occur naturally in some food like meat and While it’s not as concerning as the artificial kind added through hydrogenated oil, it doesn’t do you much good, either. Those who have heart disease, it is recommended to choose lean meat as much as possible as well as low fat or fat-free dairy products. (IANS)