Four benefits of running

Home » Latest News » Four benefits of running
Runners

Everyone knows that running is one way of keeping us happy and healthy. But why is it good for us? It seems there are several benefits to be had:

  • It increases blood and oxygen flow around the body
    With training our cardiac output increases and we are able to work harder to improve performance. Also when resting our heartbeat rates drop as the body is working more efficiently.
  • Muscles can absorb more oxygen from the bloodstream
    Exercise stimulates the growth of capillaries (tiny blood vessels) in the muscles. These let water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, nutrients and waste products pass between the blood and muscles. Having more capillaries means the process is more efficient.
  • The body produces energy more efficiently
    With improved fitness the number of mitochondria (energy producing cells) in the muscles increases. Exercise also increases the number of red blood cells in the body, improving oxygen flow to the mitochondria and helping them produce energy more efficiently.
  • The body starts to burn fat (the good bit!)
    With regular exercise the body gets used to using fat instead of carbohydrate as an energy source. Therefore we'll have less fat on the body. Not only will we look and feel better, there will less fat around the heart which leads to improved heath and life expectancy.

Time to don those running shoes, then.

More news from Curry Rivel

Flower SHow 2019 Cover1
: Mon 15 Jul 8:08am

The Curry Rivel Flower Show 2019 takes place on Sat 3rd Aug 2019, 2.30-4.30pm in the Village Hall.Why not enter your dahlias, a painting or your favourite aspidistra?You can pick up an entry form at the Garage, Sandpits & Greenslade Taylor Hunt's in Langport.We have a scanned PDF version you can download and use to enter your produce.Have a look at the rules and think about having a...

Big Summer Concert 20th July 2019
: Mon 15 Jul 6:19am

The Big Summer ConcertSat 20th July 2019St Andrew's ChurchEach year in July a concert of very varied music is given by local musicians, not only as an opportunity to play and sing, but also to raise money for charity.A different charity is nominated each year, and this year the money raised will go to "MIND" — a mental health charity.As always there will be a section for the...

URC Dickensian Xmas Craft Fair
: Mon 15 Jul 6:04am

Dickensian Christmas Craft FairSat 9th Nov 201911am — 3pmCurry Rivel Village HallRefreshments, musical accompaniment, 20 plus stallsA warm, friendly atmosphere awaits...