Running is something that’s easy to pick up but not always as easy to turn into a habit; even avid runners sometimes aren’t in the mood for it. Something we know to be very true from our own personal experience as big running fans! So, what should you remember about running to motivate you to keep moving forwards? Here are some key benefits of running to keep in mind to get you up, out and running….
8 key benefits of running
There’s a low entry barrier to becoming a runner
In an article for Bustle, Rachel Tavel, a former college runner, advises: “Don’t sit around waiting for the moment when you feel like going for a run, because that moment may never come.” The trick, she insists, is to simply go running even when you feel drawn towards staying at home instead.
You can even easily run at home
You could, for example, buy one of the folding treadmills available for purchase online. These treadmills are available as manual or motorised models — and sourcing one would enable you to fold it away during periods off minimal use to save on floor space.
Running is good for your heart
“Research has found that running on a regular basis can decrease the risk of dying due to cardiovascular disease by up to 30%,” RunBuddy head coach Ben Parker recently told Marie Claire.
Running has been credited with helping to not only reduce the risk of heart and circulatory diseases but also lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Running bodes well for mental health, too
“Running outside, in particular, can help with reducing the feelings of isolation and loneliness” associated with anxiety, depression, and chronic stress, says Parker.
This is another incentive to force yourself to run when you don’t fancy it. The mere act of running could make you inclined to continue with it!
Running can be a surprising source of companionship
“The running community is packed full of supportive, like-minded individuals who all share a common goal: to enjoy running,” says Parker.
Indeed, there are various avenues through which running could help you to meet new people — from competitors at marathons to an entire Strava community there to provide support and advice.
You can run for charitable fundraising purposes
Many running races are held to raise money for charities, some of which even offer race training as a ‘thank you’ for fundraising.
As Verywell Fit explains: “Running for something bigger than yourself is a great way to stay motivated to keep training and make your races even more meaningful and fulfilling.”
You can set specific goals
If the prospect of exercising simply for the sake of exercising isn’t enough motivation for you, it could be a very different matter when it comes to the idea of setting new goals for you to chase.
Naturally, it would be sensible for you to keep your goals relatively modest if you are a novice runner — but, once you feel ready, you could start contemplating signing up for a 5K, 10k or half marathon.
Running can improve your self-esteem
Imagine the confidence boost you could get from finally accomplishing a particular running-based goal you had previously set for yourself. Not only will the self-esteem boost aid your mental wellbeing, but could also have positive implications for other aspects of your life, like your career and relationships.
We hope these eight benefits of running have inspired you to get on your running shoes and go for a run. If you have any other running motivation to share why not leave it in a comment below!
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