You can transform your life by being physically active.
Exercise helps with not only your physical health but your mental health. It releases chemicals in your brain (endorphins) that have a positive effect on your mood and your body. It doesn't take huge changes. Start small. Just keep moving, whatever your age or ability and you’ll reap the rewards.
Get fit to reduce risks to your health Only one out of every three people in Ireland is active on a regular basis, and four out of five children are still not getting enough exercise. All of this creates serious health risks. By staying active, you can reduce the risk of as many as 35 chronic diseases*. Running in particular appeals to many as the preferred form of exercise as it doesn't cost a lot to take part, you can run at any time that suits you, and it’s something that can be continued throughout life.
Some health benefits associated with running or jogging Research has increasingly suggested that regular running or jogging offers many health benefits including:
help to build strong bones, as it is a weight-bearing exercise;
improve cardiovascular fitness;
burn calories; and
help maintain a healthy weight.
Running versus jogging
The difference between running and jogging is intensity. Running is faster, and demands more effort from the heart, lungs and muscles than jogging. Both running and jogging are forms of aerobic exercise so don’t worry if you can only manage a short walk – jog, it’s all about building up your level of fitness gradually. There is a run in all of us.