by: Dr. Brittany Moran
I love running, it is a huge part of my life. I have been a runner for as long as I can remember. It all started when I was about 11 years old. Practicing for the cross country team in elementary school it became apparent that this was the one sport that I could beat the boys. I took quite a liking to this new found ability, so I kept up with it. I
learned quickly that running took time and commitment. I learned this first lesson after running a race without training for it. After the race, I promised my dad that I would never be unprepared for a race again. I have kept that promise.
In high school and university I fell even further in love with running. I competed on the cross country and track teams all the way through school. Some of my best memories of my school days are through running.
Running is still a huge part of my life and I hope that never has to change. I do not compete as intensely as I used to. But I still have a passion for the sport as well as many goals that I hope to accomplish. I cannot envision my life without running.
I think we all know that running can be good for our health but I thought I would give you some reasons why I find it so enjoyable:
- Running gets you outdoors, to enjoy nature and your surroundings that you may not otherwise experience.
- You can do it anywhere, even on vacation. All you need is your runners and 30mins.
- You can do it anytime of the year, depending on how brave you are.
- You can use a run as a short get away. Sometimes you need some time to be alone and think or zone out and forget daily stressors.
- Running can also be social, getting out in a run group can be very motivating and fun as well.
- There are so many ways to change it up and challenge yourself, it never has to be boring. Hills, intervals and tempos to name some examples.
- Running is inexpensive. It does not require much gear or equipment.
- It improves your mood, while you run endorphins are released and these are shown to enhance your mood aka runnerʼs high.
- You will feel a great level of satisfaction and relaxation after finishing a successful run.
- It is a full body workout and you may even shed a couple pounds.
- Running may help to prevent some diseases such as stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- And lastly it is great contrast to other forms of physical activity.
So if running can serve as a mood enhancer, sight-seeing vehicle, stress reliever, disease prevention, cardiovascular fitness and weight loss tool, why not give it a shot?
But; be reminded that the key to running is easing into so take it slow and easy off the start.
Challenge: Get out there and try a run/walk, even if it is just 5 or 10 minutes and see how you like it! My bet is you will find it easier than expected… you may even like it! Tweet me @DrBMoran about how it went!