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What Running Does to Your Body

runningAny good runner can tell you their stories about what immediately happens to their bodies, energy levels, and mood when they start running. I have been running for the last one year along the quiet roads of, and I can admit there are lots of benefits associated with running. Today, we are going to pay an in-depth look at what happens inside your body when you hit the road for a run.

Besides high energy levels of productivity and a boost in mood, there are many other positive physical effects that running does to your body. Running changes your body composition and the overall physical system as well as many other benefits including the following.

Body Composition

Body composition refers to how much your body is lean in terms if muscles, water, organs, bone, and fat. Most people are interested in increasing their lean muscle as well as decreasing subcutaneous fat. A key benefit of any exercise strategy is to lose fat and gain muscles. Regular running can contribute massively to attaining these results. A well-composed body means an increase in metabolism and a better bone density which boosts the overall health.

Loss of Subcutaneous Fat

fat freeRunning affects your muscle fat balance leading to more defined muscles and less fat. If you are taking a balanced diet as well as running, your body creates a calorie deficit that promotes fat loss. At some point in the running process, you will need to combine weight training to give you an extra push in creating the lean body of your choice. Loss of body fat translates to a loss of weight for runners, something which is much desirable for those looking forward to losing weight.

Body System Improvement

Running provides a very vital metabolic boost. Your body will continue to burn calories for an extended period, even after you are done with the running exercise. You also achieve a higher resting metabolism, as a consistent running routine improves your overall endurance. The longer you keep running, the better your muscles improve to increase their capacity to efficiently creating energy.

Health Benefits

Aside from endurance, running also leads to increased metabolism and strengthened muscles that bolster the health of your heart as well as other body organs such as the lungs. Running leads to a raised heartbeat which helps in enhancing your heart to increase its efficiency in pumping oxygen throughout your body. Circulation of oxygen improves as blood vessels dilate making the capacity of your lungs to increase. With time, your ancillary systems – including vessels, lungs, cells, and capillaries adapt to a higher amount of energy thus improving their efficiency.

What happens during the running process?

When you start running, your muscles primarily rely on adenosine triphosphate to get you on the move. These ATP molecules are created by the food you ate and stored in glycogen within your muscles. As you continue running, your muscles release lactic acid that signals your brain you are working. Your muscles your oxygen to keep breaking down the glycogen making you breathe heavy. As your endurance builds, your body settles into a sustained cycle of sweating and breathing to break down glucose into ATP.