Are you a runner? If not, you should be.

There are a host of benefits when it comes to running outside of getting a good cardio workout. Yes, you’re burning calories, but you also boost your immune system, increase lung strength, and a whole lot more.

Take a look at this list, and add running to your weekly workout regiment.

-1. Overall mental health.
Runners are happy people. We’ve got that runner high going for us

-2. Strengthens your lungs.
Runners have increased lung capacity from logging mile after mile

-3. Helps prevent high blood pressure.
Your arteries expand and contract while running, helping to keep your arteries fit which in turn keeps your blood pressure in a normal range.

-4. Strengthens immune system.
Regular running builds up your tolerance to germs which results in fewer minor illnesses

-5. Weight control.
Running burns mega-calories. However, it also makes you mega-hungry, especially if you are training for long distances. Unfortunately, running doesn’t give you a pass to eat all the food, all the time.

-6. Physically strong legs.
Runner’s legs are a powerhouse. They move you from point A to B. They carry you up and down hills. They know how to put it into high gear at the track

-7. Relieves stress.
Running boosts the brain’s serotonin levels which make you calmer and more relaxed

-8. Increased bone density.
Running stresses your bones. Essential minerals are sent to the bones when under stress, which makes them stronger

-9. Increased joint strength and stability.
Running increases the strength of your ligaments and tendons. You’ll find your joints will be able to withstand more mileage and more uneven terrain

-10. Increased confidence.
Once you start running, your confidence begins to grow. You’ll feel more in control of your life and your body