The benefits of running are obvious yet very individual and you need to find you own why to keep it up. Here are my whys as well as how I got started into it.
Running is something I’ve been doing since I was 5 years old. When I was younger I didn’t really enjoy it that much though but was encouraged to take up running because I was good at it andit’s healthy.
I ran about 4-6 km’s once a week just to keep fit but it wasn’t until I was 18 that I really started to enjoy running. It makes me thankful for my life that I haven’t developed something like fibromyalgia or arthritis that would stop me running or even walking. Running gives me a chance to remember this and be grateful.
It gives me a sense of complete freedom, there is a park in my town and when I took a discovered a route around it that was about 4km. There is always a new path to discover.
Usually on a Sunday morning, I put on my shorts and running shoes and head down to the park.
A bit of warm ups and stretching to prevent injuries and get my mind in order
Ipod plugged in with my favorite tunes nice and loud and I’m ready to go. I know running is me time
Mostly really fast paced energetic songs because since its only 4km I try to go as fast as I can and the music helps me get into a rhythm
The fresh air, every step propelling you forward, your heart beating fast and your mind totally relaxed while you cover meter by meter towards your finish point.
I feel better for whole day afterwards, even though I’m a little tired from the exercise, I feel really good, due to all the endorphins that are released (feel-good hormones) while running.
Benefits of Running
The heart beats fast, the blood is circulated through the body, you breathe deeper and more frequent, calories are burnt, leg muscles are strengthened and oxygen gets to the brain.
Running is a great way of managing your weight and has been proven to fight the aging process by strengthening bones and muscle.
It helps build the build immune system and protect against strokes and other diseases.
There are also huge mental benefits like I described just making you feel in control, relaxed and good about yourself:
Running relieves stress. Run as fast as long as you feel comfortable, you can feel your anger fading away with every step you take.
If you need to think about something you can do it while you run in total peace, I often like to think about life and other philosophical things, its a very “in the moment” kind of thing. Running time is thinking time.
Its a great way of learning discipline, most people cant get themselves to go out and run, imagine that you can, and every time you set a goal for yourself, a little harder, a little longer, a little faster.
Another benefit of running is that you can do it anywhere you want and any time you want. It doesn’t matter if you work 10 hours a day and cant get to a gym, run on a Saturday or a Sunday 10, 20, 30 minutes, however long you want, for how far you want, at the speed you want. Nobody will think bad of you because you go out and run to improve yourself, instead they will probably have increased respect for you.
There are lots of different ways you can run and enjoy the benefits of running like running on the beach, uphill running, running with a friend for company and motivation.
All you need is a good pair of running shoes and once you have them they can last you for a couple of years depending on how often you run.
So have I convinced you? Fit running into your schedule, 20 minutes a week, on a nice sunny morning, take your ipod, even your dog, maybe convince a friend to join you and just go out and enjoy the benefits of running:)