You want to learn to run, but its hard, it hurts, so why do we do it? What drives a person to get up in the morning, throw on their running shoes and go for a run?? Well, here are some of the top reasons Im giving it a go!
1. Your Health – There are far too many aspects of your health running improves for it not to be first on the list. If you have High Blood Pressure or High Cholesterol running is the best way to naturally lower both. Running strengthens your joints and bones to help you avoid osteoporosis. Running strengthens the heart and makes sure there is enough blood and oxygen pumping through the body. It boosts your immunity levels and lowers the risk of getting cancer, diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, depression..the list goes on!
2. Stress Less – We all lead busy, stressful lives. Going for a Run is the PERFECT stress relief. People who exercise regularly are generally happier people. Exercise decreases the risk of depression and can ease the symptoms when you are depressed. Stress can bring on so many negative side effects: lack of sleep, depression, illness, lack of concentration and the more stressed you get the worse the side effects get. Running is a release, somewhere to let out all your worries and just feel good about yourself.
3. Lose the KG’s – Running paired with a healthy diet will help you shred the kilos. Running is one of the most effective ways to burn calories, if you only have 30min to do a workout, going for a nice, hard run will burn the most calories. You will be in those skinny jeans before you know it!!
4. Make Friends – There are no limits to the amount of people you can meet while out for a run. Participating in the K-FiTT Run Club I have met a group of great ladies all with similar goals and aspirations making the running journey that much easier.
5. Help a worthy cause – There is no shortage of Running events that are held to raise money for a worthy cause. I myself have the goal of running the 8km Mothers Day Classic – which raises funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Research. So choose a charity you support and see if you can go the distance!
6. Sleep Well/Live Well – Running has the magical effect of not only helping you sleep better, but boosting your energy levels as well. 30min of moderate-vigorous exercise 3 times a week, could solve your sleep issue and leave you feeling full over energy during the day.
So with all the above how could you not want to create some time for you, throw on some running shoes and… well from there the sky is the limit! Anyone can learn to run, just like riding a bike – practice makes perfect. We don’t jump straight on a bike and ride, we start with training wheels and work our way up. Same goes for running – whether you have never run before or you are a marathon runner training for your next event we all need practice and have a goal to reach for. But with the many ways running can improve your quality of life – you owe it to yourself to give it a go!!