If you want to kick things up a notch or two, consider running. Running burns more calories than walking. It is a high intensity exercise that works the lower part of the body ( thighs, butt. legs, and calves). Running is also a great cardio exercise that will get your heart pumping.

Have you ever heard of the song , ” I Run For Life” by Melissa Etheridge ? Here are some of the lyrics:

I run for hope, I run to feel
I run for the truth for all that is real
I run for your mother, your sister, your wife
I run for you and me my friend
I run life


Well there is truth to the song. Studies have shown that running adds years to your life even if you are a smoker.  How amazing is that ?  Running is also good for your mind. Have you ever heard of the term ” runner’s high ” ? When you run, you release feel good hormones known as endocannabinoids . So if you are feeling down and looking for a way to de-stress, try going for a run.

Running is  associated with amazing health benefits. It is a great way to protect your heart . It helps  the arteries retain their elasticity and strengthen the heart – reducing the risk of heart disease.  It also helps prevent certain cancers. Studies have shown regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers.  If you are looking for a reason to run, there are plenty of reasons and science supports its benefits.

So hit the pavement and get a boost in self-esteem and plenty of health benefits .