Running is an amazing exercise. Of course, I’m not always pumped to go on a run, but when I do, I feel refreshed and in shape! Some of my friends are very passionate runners and run miles on miles every single day. But then again, some doctors and adults think running can have more negative effects than positive on your body. I did some research, and here’s what I came up with.Chelsea Crockett - Benefits of Running

Let’s start with the cons. Running is an exercise that opens up a higher possibility to injury. It’s hard on your joints and can hurt your knees, shins, feet, etc. Running is obviously a more stressful, intense form of cardio exercise. If you run on a daily basis, you have to know what you’re doing. Keeping hydrated and listening to your body are two of the most important running pointers! If you overdo it, your muscles and joints could have some long-term damage.

Now onto the pros. One of my favorite things about running is feeling like I accomplished something after I finish. Exercising in general gives off endorphins that make you happy. Running also builds muscles and improves your stamina, which is always good when it comes to exercise. Stress levels decrease and you get a feeling of accomplishment. It’s an individual sport, so you set your goals and only you can accomplish them!

You decide for yourself. Do the pros outweigh the cons? In my opinion, running is an awesome exercise :)!

-Chelsea