This is not the first time I have talked about running on my blog, I know 😉
Today we will look at running nonetheless, since it is so fast, easy and convenient.
I myself do not run a lot. I run 3km once or twice per week, and that is just the right amount for me.
Usually I put on some music (some upbeat cool music that makes me energized and makes me feel like a superb individual), and I fantasize – not in a creepy way, more like I make up scenarios or make my own movies in my head. That makes the time go 100 times faster and makes it all fun.
You might not want to go on a daydream to fantasy world when YOU run, but you can also use the time to think.
Running gives a lot of space for thinking. It could help “cool your head” from thoughts or manage anger better, simply because you get your body going.
You might even be so lucky to see a beautiful view, just like this
Beside this, running has A LOT of benefits. Some of them are these:
- You strengthen your muscles
- Prevents high blood pressure – running helps the arteries get fit
- Strengthens immune system
- Helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level
- Gives you clearer skin – running stimulates blood circulation
- Helps weight loss – running burns A LOT of calories in a short amount of time, especially since you get the big leg muscles going. 2 km of slow running can burn up to 125 calories (which is actually a lot because it doesn’t take long- around 18 minutes)
- Increases brain power and mental functions
- Lessen the effects of asthma – it strengthens lungs and bronchi
- Better sleep – your body will have an easier time slowing down afterwards, and you will naturally feel tired in your body after exercising
- Boosts confidence – it is fairly easy to set goals here and reach them
- Boosts happiness – exercise releases lots of endorphins
- Increases bone density – running sends essential minerals to your bones
- Might reduce the growth of (breast) cancer cells – because of how the composition of blood changes after training for a longer period of time, you can read the whole article about this here
- Running reduces stress (endorphins YES!)
- It can reduce pain (menstrual pain especially) because of those damn great endorphins
- It is EASY! – running can be done anywhere and all you need is exercise clothes and good shoes (some that absorbs the shock that comes in your feet and legs when you run)
Running can do a lot of good!
If you are a frequent runner, or want a goal, try signing up for a run.
I have been to 1000 of these (well not that many, but a lot) and you can choose how far you will run, and sometimes also how fast you will run. This gives you a great reason to start running now, and to get better since you have a goal to reach.
You can also sign up for a run for a special cause. I have been running for Relay For Life, which is a run where there are many teams, all running together for 24 hours to support cancer. Here you can choose yourself how much you want to run. You run a not that long route and can choose yourself if you want to run 100 rounds or just 3. Some people run at night, there are ceremonies and basically all money used here (and all rounds run) goes directly to cancer research.
The picture in this post is actually from last year where my family and I were running. The blue shirts are for the “normal” runners, and the yellow ones are for the “fighters”, those who have defeated cancer, or those who are still fighting.
There are many other “special” runs’ you can go to, supporting all kind of things, but you can also just chose a normal one and have fun!
The most important part of running…
Is to just get going! No matter if you can run 100meters or 1 km, the best thing is to just get out there. It is much easier telling yourself that you will “just” run 1km, and then end up running more.
Even if you just end up running that 1km, well congratulations! You actually got out there, and I am proud of you! ❤
Are any of you guys running, and why did you start in the first place?
I hope you all have a happy life, one day at a time! 😊