3 Reasons to Run That Have Nothing to Do With Fitness
By Genevieve Cunningham
Opinions on running generally fall into one of two categories. There are those who love the sport, and there are those who wish it would die a slow and painful death. There is very rarely any in-between. It’s easy to see why running invokes such passion. It’s tough! But, if you aren’t in the former group, it might be time to give running another chance. Like it or not, running is incredibly good for you in numerous ways. Check out these three reasons to pick up running that have nothing to do with fitness, and a few tips for starting out if you’re not the biggest fan.
Running Lifts Moods
If you hate running, this won’t work the first time. But over time, you may find that running lifts your spirits. Running produces adrenaline and endorphins, both of which work hand in hand to create good moods. Just be sure and give this some time to kick in. You’ll have to stifle your hatred for running (or at least dull the edges) before these benefits are seen.
Running Boosts Energy
This is another that might take some time, but will definitely be worth it in the long run. The first time, it will feel as though you’ve put your body through the ringer. You’ll be exhausted and completely drained. But the more that you run, the more you’ll notice a rise in your natural energy level.
You’ll Be a Part of the Group
Running is a thing. People who do it become part of a group: The group of runners. It doesn’t matter how far or how fast you run, if you run on a regular basis, you’re part of the group. While that may not seem like much now, for most people it becomes a source of pride, as being a runner proves that you are tough, dedicated, and serious about your health.
Tips for Getting Started
Even with the obvious physical and these less obvious lifestyle benefits, running is a hard habit to keep up. Check out these tips for getting started.
Go Slow - Don’t even think about sprinting. Take your walk to a fast walk, and eventually your fast walk to a slow jog.
Set a Timer - The first time you run, go for one minute, maybe two. Gradually and slowly add time.
Don’t Do It Every Day - Start with two or three times a week and build from there. The less you do in the beginning, the more likely it is to stick.
Running is a great workout for both the mind and body. If you can find the motivation to give it a try, you might find these and other benefits make it worth your time and effort.