Running a mile a day

6 Amazing Benefits of Running a Mile a Day  |  Baleaf Sports

As you race down the sidewalk with a pounding heart and sweaty forehead, have you ever wondered why do you run a mile every day? Or why do health practitioners around the world recommend running as excellent exercise? Let's take a look at some of the amazing benefits of running a mile a day.

Running a mile a day


This is Kelly, a RRCA certified level I running coach, whose love love for running started back in college.
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※ Improves Cardiac Health

If you want to find out the king of all cardio exercises, it's none other than running.

Running a mile a day reduces your chances of dying from heart diseases by 50%. Even if you can't run a mile a day, running for brief periods such as five to ten minutes can drastically improve your cardiac health.

Also, as you run a mile a day, your cardiac health improves, but your lungs also expand and contract faster. As a result, you inhale more oxygen and release more carbon dioxide. This boosts the functioning of your lungs. Thus, running a mile a day, one of the best ways to keep your heart and lungs in perfect health.

※ Strengthens Bones

Unlike the general perception, running a mile a day does not increase your risk of osteoarthritis. Instead, it can help decrease the risk of developing osteoporosis, a medical condition associated with porous and brittle bones.

This might seem surprising, but every time you run, you stress your bones and cartilage. And just like stress training strengthens the muscles, it has the same effect on bones. As a result, running is better for your bones than other low-impact exercises such as walking or swimming.

※ Helps Lose Weight

Who doesn't want to shed those extra pounds you have gained while staying at home and munching all day during the COVID-19 pandemic. As things are improving, by running a mile a day, you can jumpstart your weight loss journey.

Exercises that increase the heart rate are excellent for burning excess fat. But as you run a mile a day, make sure you run at different speeds and inclines. The more you push your body to work out, you will notice better progress towards your weight loss goals. 

Running a mile a day

Kelly in Berlin Marathon

※ Reduces the Risk of Cancer

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the US and around the world. More than 10 million people die every year due to various types of cancer. But running a mile a day is one of the few exercises that can reduce your risk of developing cancer. According to research, running a mile a day can reduce the risk of

• Esophageal cancer by 42%,
• Liver cancer by 27%,
• Lung cancer by 26%,
• Kidney cancer by 23% and
• Colon cancer by 16%

Regular exercise can reduce the risk of numerous other types of cancers. But running a mile a day has some proven benefits.  

※ Improves Sleep

Are you tired of staying at home? As isolation and social distancing are becoming the new normal, many people have developed insomnia. But if you are tired of being tired yet unable to sleep, now is the time to start running a mile a day.

As you run a mile a day, your body temperature rises, but when you stop running, your body cools down, and your body temperature returns to normal. This heating and cooling of the body help relax your muscles, and you can easily drift into a restful sleep. 

Running a mile a day

Kelly in Atlantic City Marathon

※ You Feel Happy

Running a mile a day not just brings physical health benefits, but it is also known for improving your mental health.

As you run, the brain releases two chemicals that have a drastic impact on our mood; endorphins and endocannaboids. Both these chemicals are known as the happiness hormones as they have a positive effect on mood.

Several studies have revealed that running a mile a day can significantly improve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. This is because the chemicals released when you run a mile a day can have the same effect as any antidepressant or mood-enhancing drug. 

Running a mile a day is one of the best activities you can do to maintain your weight and health. It not only brings some amazing benefits to your mind and body but is one of the easiest activities you can incorporate in your routine during the pandemic.

You can simply run without the need for any special sports gear. Also, you don't need to go to a gym or workout as a group. So in the current situation where all of us need to practice social distancing, running a mile a day can help you stay fit and active as you enjoy lifelong health benefits.

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