In just a few weeks you will start to see a real difference, both inside and out. Here’s what you can look forward to:
- It makes you happier
Exercise is said to be the best medicine and running has been proven to help with depression. A 15 minute run, or even 30 minutes of walking can lift your mood significantly. Regular running will ensure you are less stressed out and generally more relaxed and positive. If you’re feeling down or anxious, try heading outside for a short run in the fresh air – getting your blood pumping can do wonders, making you feel better almost instantly.
- It gets you fitter
Running is one of the best ways to burn calories and improve your fitness: your heart and lungs need to work hard to keep the blood pumping to your muscles. You’ll also find that running tones and strengthens your whole body, especially your legs and bum – bonus!
- It’s a great weight loss tool
Looking to lose weight? Keep an eye on your calorie intake and go for regular runs and you’ll be shedding the pounds in no time. Running burns calories faster than almost any other activity you can do. The average person running burns around 100 calories per mile.
- It strengthens bones and joints
You may have heard rumours that running is bad for your knees. On the contrary, it actually strengthens your bones and your joints, knees included! A Boston University study of non-runners concluded that running helped strengthen the knee cartilage and that there was no increased risk of osteoarthritis among those who took up running.
- You’re on track for a long and healthy life
By becoming a runner you are lowering your risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease, and you’re likely to live several years longer than if you didn’t run. Just take it slowly to start with and see your doctor beforehand if you have any existing medical conditions.
Rather than racing off at the speed of light, take the time to start off gently in order to allow your body to adjust to the impact of running. Start out with some walk-run sessions, gradually increasing your periods of running. Before you know it you will be able to maintain a steady pace comfortably. And just wait for those endorphins to hit: it’s the famous runner’s high – you’ll be hooked!
- It’s great for your self esteem
Once you’ve started running and begun to notice changes in your body, your confidence levels will soar. Once you’ve nailed running, you can do anything!
Why not sign up for a 5k or a 10k race near you? It’s much easier to motivate yourself to train when you’ve got a goal to work towards.