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Take up Road Running for Better Health

21 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Take up Road Running for Better Health

About to head out for another run on your home treadmill? Or perhaps you are fighting for a spot at the gym. Whatever the case, have you ever considered taking those runs outside? The fact is, road running offers a number of great benefits that should never be overlooked.

While there’s nothing wrong per say with doing your runs on the treadmill, you just won’t reap the same degree of benefits that you would from road running.

Let’s look at three great benefits you can’t afford to miss out that road running has to offer.

Lower Risk Of Plateau

The number one reason you are hitting the progress plateau is because your runs rarely change. You are always running on that same treadmill pad, which, while you can alter the elevation, is not the same as running outdoors. The more challenged your muscles are thanks to the different courses that you are running, the better your results are going to be. Road running provides this beautifully as you can run a different course each and every day if you desire.

Improved Interest In The Activity

Another clear benefit that road running has to offer is the fact it will help improve your interest in getting those sessions in. Let’s face it, slugging it out on the treadmill day after day looking at the same window in front of you (or worse, the same pieces of fitness equipment as you stare into the center of the gym) gets boring real fast. With road running, you can have a change of scenery with each run you do. This provides more mental stimulation and will help you enjoy that run that much more. Running is a great sport to help you get outdoors and experience what your local area has to offer, but yet so many people stay chained to their treadmills.

Greater Muscle Strengthening Benefits

Finally, one last big benefit that road running has to offer is superior muscle strengthening benefits. Keep in mind that as you climb those hills that you come to or even have to fend off changes in the structure of the road, you are working your glutes hamstrings, quads, as well as all of the smaller muscles located in the angle and lower leg region

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According to a study done by University of Miami, Florida, grapes promote eye health from signalling changes at the cellular level to directly countering oxidative stress. Including grapes in the diet results in lower levels of inflammatory proteins and higher amounts of protective proteins in the retinas, which is the part of the eye that contains the cells that respond to light, known as photoreceptors.