Does an ordinary day in your life comprise of getting up in the morning, having a bowl of cereal and heading to your nine to five job or college? Chances are you end the day by binge watching some of your favourite shows on Netflix and gorging on several scoops of that sinful chocolate chip ice cream. Though such guilty pleasures can be enjoyed occasionally, indulging in them on a daily basis can set you up for a lifetime of health issues. In such occasions, running promises to be your stepping stone to a healthy mind and body.
If you are someone who has been considering running for a years but haven’t been able to get round to it due to various excuses ranging from the lack of the right sports bra to the insufficiency of free time, we have taken it upon ourselves to provide you with the impetus in the form of 11 reasons why you should start running.
To Enjoy your ‘Me Time’
One of the most crucial yet overlooked problems with modern living is that you don’t get the peace or the space in which you can be alone with your thoughts and sort out all the crises that have been haunting your life. Running offers you the exclusive opportunity to being there for yourself while leading a healthy lifestyle.
To Up your Friendship Game
Have you been noticing groups of people running past your house everyday when you step out to collect the newspaper? That is because unlike kindergarten when all of us were forced to become friends with our peers, adult life doesn’t afford us that luxury and you often end up being lonely. Running has become a popular activity in the recent years only because you get to meet up with random strangers who happen to share your zeal for fitness and healthy living and go on to become your lifelong friends with time.
To Burn the Calories
You might argue that even walking for a few minutes in a day burns calories that why go to all the trouble with running? Studies have shown that running is 50 per cent more efficient in burning the calories than simply walking. Your individual quest to keep your calories in check with the help of running will vary with respect to your age, sex and how fast you run but the results are undisputed!
For a Good Night’s Sleep
Studies on the effects of running on people who actively exercise regularly and those who don’t and are couch potatoes has shown that the strenuous physical strain involved with running helps you remarkably with getting that much needed shut eye. Even ten minutes of running in a day is believed to even cure the conditions such as sleep apnea.
For Busting that Stress
Ever heard of the “Runner’s High”? Running encourages your brain to release the feel good neurotransmitters, namely, the endorphins which pump you up with the energy you need to get going the whole day long. The best part? Each time you return home from running, you feel more optimistic and driven than ever before.
To get lost in the Beauty of Nature
Have you noticed how just the thought of green meadows and clear blue skies instantly transports you to your childhood, a place where there’s only joy and fulfilment? If you wish to be one with nature again, you just need to put on your running shoes and Mother Nature would welcome you back again into her bosom. There’s no greater feeling than feeling the cool air brush against your cheeks as you watch nature’s bounty pass you by.
Because who doesn’t like freebies?
That gym membership you have been ignoring for a year and have been too lazy to get out of manages to take a huge toll on your monthly finances. With running, you are sure to get the best of the health benefits without the need to loosen your purse strings.
To become Intelligent Overnight
Zoning out in the middle of board meetings can be quite common if you notice that your brain has not been able to function at peak capacity due to the tiredness. Running helps your brain to release the crucial chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine, which increases your span of attention and the motivation that you feel towards your career respectively. Don’t be surprised if you start getting complimented on becoming more alert and efficient by your bosses!
To build up your Immunity Levels
Is one of your greatest desires to go entirely sniffle free during the formidable flu season? The running routine with its healthy dose of physical exercise helps you in building up your immune system from deep within so that you don’t have to become prey to any of the terrible seasonal viruses.
For a Cancer Free lifetime
Cancer has been quickly topping the list of the life threatening ailments which are most likely to strike the people of our generation. The risk of cancer has often been associated with a life of laziness devoid of any kind of exercises or other physically exhausting activities. If the research, which was conducted in the National Cancer Institute, are to be believed, running regularly drastically reduces the chances of suffering either from breast and colon cancer. Further studies have been making promises that running would prove to be your shield against lung, endometrial and prostate cancers as well.
For becoming the Inspiration behind the fitness rush in your neighbourhood
If there’s something that people don’t fail to notice, it is your consistency and commitment. As you become a regular jogger in your neighbourhood park, people would start approaching you in awe. Don’t be offended if they ask you where you get all your energy from but rather be the person who would share the love that running provides you with others who are still struggling with the idea. Having the knowledge that you are the force of inspiration behind their healthy lives is an ecstatic feeling in itself!
What are you waiting for? Tighten up your shoe laces and get going!