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7 Reasons Women over 40 Should Run ...

By Tara

There are many reasons why women over 40 should run. Women gain many benefits from running like no other sport. Running will increase your metabolism, help combat disease, increase your energy and so much more. And you will feel great so should you lace up your shoes and embark on this as your new sport? Read about the reasons you should get out and get going on your next run!

1 Running Burns Mega Calories

Have you noticed your over 40 metabolism slow down and then you gained weight? Then here is the number one reason you should run. Running is one of the highest calorie burners when compared to other exercise. Based on a 125 pound woman you burn approximately 100 calories per mile of running. I usually squeeze in 8 miles in an hour so that is 800 mega calories burned! Not bad for just an hour out of your day!

2 Running Helps Decrease Risk of Osteopororis

Running has benefits that go beyond just calorie expenditure. Running helps build bone density and decrease the risk of osteoporosis. After the age of 40 women are at greater risk and this is when bone scans come into play. Be proud at your next bone scan and prepared to tell your doctor the reason you have great results is because you are a runner!

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3 Decrease Your Risk of Diabetes

Did you know that just by running you can decrease your risk of developing type 2 diabetes in women? By running for just 30 minutes a day you will decrease your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by a whopping 46%. Now that’s great motivation to lace up your sneakers and go running!

4 Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

Just because genetics are against you does not mean you are destined for heart disease. Get out and get running to lower your risk of heart disease. Did you know that running can decrease your risk of a serious heart attack by up to 50%?

5 You Will Feel a Natural High

According to the runner’s high, when you run you will feel a surge of happiness from endorphins. I have felt this natural high many times at the end of my marathon or in the middle of a speed workout. The feeling is incredible!

6 Have More Energy

As tired as you may be sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is go for a run. By running and increasing your circulation you will have more energy and feel great. At the end of your run you will feel accomplished and this will give you an extra spring in your step!

7 Have Some Solo Time for You

One of my favorite reasons I love to run because it is the one time I can just focus on myself and not have to worry about all my responsibilities. There are no emails, phone calls, or any other distractions. It is time for me to enjoy pounding the pavement.

Now that you know the reasons women over 40 should get up and run what are you waiting for? How will you begin this next step of your life? What are the reasons you run?

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