Im­proves your fit­ness

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R un­ning bur ns c al or i es,

bu i lds mus­cle a nd i mproves car­dio­vas­cu­lar health as the heart pumps blood more ef­fi­ciently. It’s a form of aer­o­bic ex­er­cise – “that’s where your body re­quires oxy­gen to be able to per­form a cer­tain amount of dis­tance,” says Eryn Je­witt, an ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist and health stud­ies pro­fes­sor at Mo­hawk Col­lege in Hamil­ton, Ont. “You can ac­tu­ally build anaer­o­bic power and aer­o­bic power through dif­fer­ent types of train­ing.” While aer­o­bic ex­er­cise could be a long, slow run, an anaer­o­bic ef­fort is short and all-out, like 30-sec­ond sprints. “The more con­sis­tent some­body is with a run­ning train­ing pro­gram, the more their body can adapt and be­come aer­o­bi­cally fit,” Je­witt says. Over time, with reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, your body be­comes more ef­fi­cient at pump­ing blood and de­liv­er­ing oxy­gen to your mus­cles, thus in­creas­ing the ef­fi­ciency of your mus­cles.

T H E MOR E C O N S I S T E N T S O MEB O DY I S WI T H A RUN­NING TR AINING PROGR AM , THE MOR E T H E I R B O DY C A N A DA P T A N D B ECO ME A E R O B I C A L LY F I T.

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