Need some motivation to start running? Here are 5 reasons to lace up and hit the pavement.
Millions of people around the world run. Whether it be once a week, twice a week, or twice a day, you too can start your fitness journey, grab a pair of running shoes, and pound the pavement to a new and improved self.
Running has many health benefits, both physical and mental. Keep reading to find out five reasons why you should start running and the many benefits it entails.
1. Improved health
Healthline state that running every day for as little as five to ten-minutes may reduce your risk of death from a heart attack or stroke, risk of cardiovascular disease, and a lower overall risk of developing cancer.
While you don’t have to run every day, running at least three to five times per week will drastically improve your overall health, fitness, and may even increase energy levels – great for those suffering from depression.
2. Connect with friends
As a beginner, you can imagine running is a lot more enjoyable when running with a friend. With our jam-packed schedules of the 21st century and busy lives, it can often be challenging to find the time to catch up and connect with friends. What better way than combining the two and sweating out those daily struggles. Maybe you can even start running together?
3. Stress relief
Running can be a fantastic way to relieve stress, as suggested by active.com. Heading out for a run a couple of times a week can have awesome mental health benefits. It’s your time. Clear your head, embrace the scenery, and work on yourself. You’ve earnt it.
4. Weight loss
If you’re looking to shed a few extra pounds running is the answer you’ve been looking for. According to caloriesburnthq, dependant on your current weight and running speed, you’ll burn anywhere between 280 and 520 calories per 30-minutes of running.
Running is by far one of the best ways to trim your waist and lose weight if that’s what you’re aiming for. As a beginner, we suggest running a minimum of two runs per week while gradually building this up over time.
5. Because it’s fun!
Do you need a better reason than this? Why do you think so many people run? Once you’ve got into the grove, chances are you’ll find running enjoyable, it’s time to yourself, time to think, and time to escape those daily struggles.
Once you’ve settled in and started to log those miles, you may be wondering how to improve and how to become a faster runner. We suggest checking out Runing101’s blog post with seven tips on how you too can become a better runner.
The bottom line
Running is super simple only requiring a pair of trainers, some shorts, and the will to push yourself. Regular running will improve your physical and mental health while working wonders for your body. Start running today and embrace the many benefits many boast of.