Doesn’t it feel like everyone you know is exercising—trading Friday night cocktails for early morning runs to lunchtime sweat sessions or excessive hours in the gym, it feels like people have started sacrificing social time to log training miles. And the whole thing is somewhat expected.
With the healthy lifestyle gaining momentum, everyone seems to have hopped onto the green-fitness-organic train with the intention to reach the final destination: Healthyville.
The thing about working out is that it is very contagious; no, not in a bad sense of things—rather, it is very stimulating, powerful and inspiring. Especially for the guys, we love it. The whole sense of importance gets us high, and we can’t help it.
Running on the rise
By all means, the last decade (plus or minus a few years) has focused on promoting working out and its overwhelming benefits to all ages and in all forms; from boxing, weightlifting and aerobics to Pilates, yoga and everything in between, we’ve endorsed workouts as a way of life. However, an interesting shift happened – all of a sudden, running’s overpowered all other exercising and its growing popularity got us wondering. The once “girly sport” of jogging became the it thing in both male and female world, and everyone is doing it. The guys are confused but we’ve endorsed it – if the ladies can do it, so can we (no intent to be/appear chauvinistic here.)
So, what’s happened?
Running outside is bringing us back to nature and out of the closed spaces (like we’re not sick and tired of all the glass walls and cubical-lives.)
But it’s not just that; guys are turning to running for a few extra reasons.
Running keeps the eyes healthy
When guys work out, it’s all about the muscles. Sorry, but statistics say so. However, once it came to our attention that working out (and we mean regular gym-related exercises) aren’t getting us anywhere apart from the lean physique, we started considering running. Apparently, running lowers the risk of developing cataracts by 41% and reduces the likelihood of developing high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes, both of which contribute to cataracts.
Running strengthens the sperm
Woah! Good to know, right? Judging by the latest studies, runners’ sperm concentrations are up to 73 percent higher than sedentary men. Consequently, the fertility is improved, too.
Running is meditative
Not that guys are big on exploring the inner-self but they do love to keep things calm and neat. Hitting the track or running on the interrupted paths in nature is thrilling, challenging and very calming. AND – it’s an awesome way to get away from the wife’s nagging and the business of ‘real life’ for a bit. You don’t even have to think or reflect on the day… just, run. If you are running in nighttime, make sure you have your awesome reflective clothing tape on—better safe than sorry!
Running strengthens your bones
Unlike swimming, cycling, weight lifting, etc.—running loads and remakes your bones along with the muscles. Given it’s a high impact workout, it can do wonders for the body, and very quick. Running has also proven to decrease the risk of knee osteoporosis as it “increases the flow of nutrients to the cartilage in your knee while also strengthening the ligaments around the joint”.
Men, grab your running shoes, and run towards your supercharged bodies!
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