1. It makes you happy
That runner’s high we’ve all heard about, it’s a real thing. When we run, endorphins are released that act like a natural drug to make us feel energized and on top of the world. Not only that, but scientists have also made a connection with running and falling levels of a hormone called leptin which allows dopamine (another happy chemical) to flow uninhibited. Good times straight ahead.
2. It gives you a confidence boost
It’s common knowledge that exercise can help prevent disease like obesity and diabetes, but now there are over several hundred studies delving into the role of exercise on mental health and wellbeing. Researchers are finding that physical activity can not only keep you fit, but can also help upgrade your life. Regular exercisers reported higher levels of self-esteem, improved moods, and resilience to stress. Fist bump.
3. It can give you a boost in the bedroom
Running, especially sprint intervals, has been shown to boost your testosterone, which helps you create muscle mass and keeps your sex drive running hot. But, runners beware, it is possible to get too much of a good thing. Running long distances (around 40 miles a week) has been linked to decreasing testosterone. Keep the mileage low, and we trust you’ll be able to find the sweet spot.
4. It puts you in the mood
If you want to get frisky, ditch the Netflix and couch time and hit the treadmill. Because running activates the sympathetic nervous system and increases blood flow to our genital region, exercise increases arousal. Just make sure you hit the shower before you hit the sheets.