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If you consider running to be a workout to tone only your leg muscles, then you’re wrong. Experts say it has several benefits. Toning calves, shins, hamstrings and quadriceps, it also firms up the abdominal or core muscles. Dr Ruchika Mukherjee, associate medical director, Cigna Global Wellbeing Solutions, Dubai, says that a firm core acts like a girdle and keeps your back straight.
Running also works on the upper body. For those wanting to lose weight, running is the best bet. ‘An average onehour run burns about 606 calories. Run long enough and frequently enough and you’ll lose weight, assuming, of course, you’re following a nutritious diet,’ says Mukherjee.
She recommends fitness enthusiasts to condition their bodies when preparing for the exertion of a run. Always listen to your body, don’t overdo it and recognise when it suggests it’s time to slow down. Also, stretch before and after. Before running, stretching activates your body, and after the workout, it helps cool down.