I believe there is no better exercise for the body than running. Running increases the heart rate, which in turn burns calories during and after the bout of exercise. This type of exercise helps relieve stress, decreases the risk of heart disease due to the flow of blood through the veins and arteries (clears blockages), strengthens the heart, increases stamina and endurance, and is a great way to get away from the world for a little while.
I strongly believe the key to success while running is listening to your body. Push yourself, but listen to your body. If your body tells you enough is enough; then stop for now and pick it back up the next day. In a way, running is kind of like yoga. In yoga, you stretch as far as your body allows and you maintain that certain stretch or position for a period of time and then release it. Eventually your body will allow you to stretch further and further, but it does not happen over night.
Use the yoga concept during your bouts of running. Listen to your body, do as much as you can do and eventually you will be able to start increasing your distances and decreasing your time per mile.
10 Ways Running Can Prolong My Life!!
1. Strengthens Heart
2. Increases Stamina/Endurance
3. Decreases Risk of Heart Disease
4. Improves Sleep
5. Decreases Stress
6. Lowers Blood Pressure
7. Increases Energy Levels
8. Good Healthy Hobby/Get Away From Reality
9. Improves Self-Esteem
10. Improves Coordination
Watch this video report from CNN to learn more about the ways running can extend your life span.