Think that running classes are only good for prolonged steady state cardio? This article is here to debunk that myth completely! Taking a treadmill running class will obviously help you improve your endurance stamina, however, did you know there are several hidden benefits that will help you improve in your other workouts? Keep reading.
Increased Bone Density
Have you ever experience shin splints from long walks while traveling? How about breaking a small bone from wearing heels? Running not only strengthens our muscles; it also helps build stronger bones! Doctors commonly recommend light running for patients with osteoporosis. This is a major benefit if you love high impact workouts or outdoor activities! Amp up your running classes before you hit the slopes or your next Spartan Run.
This is a benefit that gives your future self a major gift. Did you know that regular running can help lower your risk of breast cancer? It’s also been proven to help reduce the risk of stroke, high blood pressure or a heart attack. Getting a balance of tempo runs and sprints helps strengthen your heart, which will help extend your life in addition to just crushing personal goals and calories burned.
As someone who’s suffered from anxiety and mild depression in the past, I’m among the first to tell you running makes a MAJOR difference. Don’t just take it from me though, take it from science: our bodies will secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood. Additionally, running helps build perseverance, which will help train you to stay focused even when workouts get tough. If it’s your first time in a running class, start with small goals, and work up to personal bests!
Balance and Posture
Treadmill focused classes include learning how your body should feel during a run. As a trainer who has taught treadmill classes, teaching proper running technique and form is key to seeing students improve and stay free of injuries. Your instructor will teach you how to activate your core muscles, and use it to build better posture during runs. You’ll notice improved balance in your other strength-focused workouts and HIIT training!