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17 Reasons Why Running Is A Truly Great Form Of Exercise

Running is running the game.

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1. Running shows you the world — not the inside of a gym.

Every run is an opportunity to explore your city. Never take the same route twice!
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Every run is an opportunity to explore your city. Never take the same route twice!

2. Running is super cheap.

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Shoes, clothes, and that's it. Cheapest. Sport. Ever.

3. And running requires minimal gear – and it's basically stuff you can use for any activity period.

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4. You can also run practically anywhere.

Does the hotel have a gym? More like: Does the hotel have an OUTSIDE?
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Does the hotel have a gym? More like: Does the hotel have an OUTSIDE?

5. Running is good for your body.

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Running is a superb form of cardio — it improves posture, strengthens your core, and burns lots of calories.

6. Running is good for your mood.

* Stressful day? Go for a run. * Upset about someone? Running will make you feel better.* Feeling kind of ugh? You'll feel accomplished after a run.
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* Stressful day? Go for a run.

* Upset about someone? Running will make you feel better.

* Feeling kind of ugh? You'll feel accomplished after a run.

7. And running is good for your mind.

Running basically keeps your brain sharp as you age.
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Running basically keeps your brain sharp as you age.

8. Running is a great time to listen to your favorite tunes.

Not to mention a podcast or audiobook. You can take a physical and narrative journey at the same time.
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Not to mention a podcast or audiobook. You can take a physical and narrative journey at the same time.

9. Hitting your stride while running makes you feel like a majestic and powerful creature...no matter how you actually look.

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10. Trail-running is a great way to commune with nature.

What other form of exercise allows you to experience the beauty of the great outdoors? (Don't you dare say golf.)
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What other form of exercise allows you to experience the beauty of the great outdoors? (Don't you dare say golf.)

11. Plunging into a pool or river after a hot summer run is probably what heaven feels like.

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12. And taking a hot shower after a cold winter run is borderline nirvana.

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13. "Running thoughts" are RANDOM and INSANE, yet EXCELLENT.

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14. Runner's high is real, and it feels amazing: euphoric, clear, and calm.

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It's runner's high — not yoga high, not push-up high, not workout-video-of-the-month high — because RUNNING is the real rock 'n' roll of exercise.

15. Let's not forget that running makes food taste incredible.

And since running burns so many calories, you have license to eat a full plate. Goodbye guilt; hello french fries.
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And since running burns so many calories, you have license to eat a full plate. Goodbye guilt; hello french fries.

16. Lastly, running is unique because it's fun to run with friends...

* Fun runs!* Relays! * Going for a recovery beer afterward!
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* Fun runs!

* Relays!

* Going for a recovery beer afterward!

17. ...and fun to run alone.

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There are few forms of exercise that are both social and independent. With running, you can truly have it both ways.

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