SHINE to Fitness: 10 Reasons Why You Should Run

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, physical fitness is described as "a set of attributes that people have or achieve that relates to the ability to perform physical activity.” This description goes far beyond the traditional interpretation of physical fitness, which is shredded physiques, small waistlines and little body fat. This interpretation could be further from the truth.

Over the years, heavily-marketed advertisements and billboards depicting models with classic washboard abs and heavy weights imply that fitness starts at the gym and there is no other alternative. Well we have good news, there is an alternative.


Though overlooked and often times criticised as not being a ‘real’ or a ‘serious’ training routine, the results of running show for themselves and many professional fitness trainers swear by this exercise as being simple, easy, effective and an excellent way to prepare your body for more advanced training routines.

Why should you run?

1. Helps maintain a healthy weight - If you are trying to maintain your weight, running a few times a week can help you to burn any excess calories in your diet.

2. Burns calories; an average of 100 calories per mile - Running is one of the easiest ways to exert yourself physically and burn calories.

3. Improves cardiovascular health and fitness - Your cardiovascular health (heart, lungs) can be improved by any form of cardiovascular training of which running is one.

4. Increases lung capacity - One of the easiest ways to improve your breathing and increase your lung capacity is to run frequently.

5. Increases bone density as your bones bear the weight of your body – Bone density is increased when repeated and increased pressure is placed on the muscles and bones. When you run, this pressure is placed on your lower body and helps increase the bone density of your legs.

6. Increases joint strength, stability and flexibility – Do you suffer from weak, stiff joints? Once advised by a physician, light running can be used to strengthen joints, particularly those in your legs.

7. Boosts immune system and strengths your immune response to illnesses – Regular running can positively affect your immune system by helping flush bacteria from your airways and may increase your white blood cell count which is necessary for prevention and fighting of infections.

8. Strengthens and builds leg and abdominal muscles – Want 6 pack abs? Running can help! Not only does running help burn fat which makes your abdominal muscles more visible, but it can also help strengthen your leg and abdominal muscles themselves and make them more pronounced. 

9. Running improves low insulin sensitivity and helps lower blood sugar levels – Low insulin sensitivity is a disorder where your body’s cells do no absorb as much glucose, leading to excessively high blood sugar levels. This can eventually progress to Type 2 Diabetes if not managed. Running can not only lower your blood sugar levels by burning off some of the glucose but can also improve your insulin sensitivity and help your body to better absorb glucose.

10. Helps you fall asleep more quickly and improves overall sleep quality – Physical activity such as running can assist in relieving stress and exhausting your body to the point where you are able to fall asleep more quickly and have a more restful sleep.

Don’t wait till tomorrow to start, go for a run today! Join us at SHINE 2019 on Saturday 30th November, 2019 at Nelson Mandela Park, 3:30p.m.

Register today at and celebrate 5 years with us; 5 Years Shining Bright!




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