July 26, 2010

Benefits Of Running For Metabolism, Testosterone And Endorphins

Posted in Category : Men's Health

It is a well known fact, that running is one of the best forms of exercises, as it is a great way of burning calories. It helps tone up your body and at the same time you can increase your strength and body resistance, by running regularly. Different people will definitely have different metabolisms, which means that some people may burn more calories while exercising, than other people do. Running and metabolism are also closely related. You could increase your metabolism and burn more calories, by making running a regular part of your work out regime. Studies have revealed that running is the most effective way to increase your metabolism, and burn calories, be it indoor running on a treadmill, or outdoor running. While running, your body also releases certain hormones or chemicals that can improve your overall physical and mental health.


While running, the pituitary gland releases certain chemicals in the body, known as endorphins. These endorphins could create a feeling of euphoria and can block the sensation of pain in the body. They are often referred to, as natural antidepressants, primarily due to the fact that they can cause a person to feel high and energetic. It has been noted in people who suffer from low self esteem or obesity, that once they start exercising rigorously, they lose weight, which helps build their confidence. To add to it, the supply of endorphins within the body can help a person feel more positive, enabling them to look much healthier.


Testosterone refers to a male hormone that is produced within the body. This hormone is responsible for the proper development and growth of the male sex organs in the body. Testosterone is produced in the testes of a man and is important for the maintenance of the prostate. It is also responsible for several vital functions like the regulation of energy levels, mood swings and bone strength. Testosterone levels are usually in the normal range, for most healthy men. The brain controls and regulates their production, by sending signals to the testes. However, after the age of 30, the levels of testosterone in a man begin to decline gradually. Recent studies have shown that running for about 30 minutes a day, on a treadmill, could increase the levels of testosterone by up to 25%. However, excessive running (as in the case of marathon runners) can drop the testosterone levels in the body drastically.

While running is a great form of exercise, it is important to start off slowly, by alternating between walking and running. Moreover, before you add running to your exercise regime, please consult your doctor, especially if you suffer from any medical condition.