As a runner, you may get some weird comments and questions on why anyone would want to run in the first place.
All that work? It is so boring! How can you run for 30+ minutes and not want to just stop altogether? Why ruin this perfectly beautiful day by running around? Aren’t you too tired to run at the end of the day? How do you have the time!?
And the many more comments from friends and family.
We will be the first to say that some people are going to like running more than others for a variety of reasons. Is the sport for everyone? Not everyone, but 90% of people should probably be doing it!
Below are the top 10 reasons to start running. There are probably many more, but this should get the ball rolling!
1. Reduce Stress
Every time I think about endorphins, I think of the movie Legally Blonde and the following quote,
Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.
And it is true. Endorphins have been linked to happiness, a relief from stress, anti-aging and can give your immune system a quick boost.
If you are suffering from a bad week at work or you just have a lot on your mind at the moment, you may find that running will relax your mind while improving your overall health.
2. Boost Your Energy Levels
Studies conducted by Robert Thayer from California State University, Long Beach has shown that walking has the ability to boost energy levels and elevate mood. Thayer and students at the university recorded the amount of steps a person took throughout the day and correlated this information to their overall mood, stress and energy levels. They found that individuals who took more steps throughout the day seemed to be happier, have more energy, and less stressed out than individuals who took fewer steps.
This may not be running, however this study suggests that an increase in activity throughout the day (exercise or even just general movement) can help boost an individual’s overall energy levels.
Maybe this will keep you from hitting your Snooze button one thousand times before you wake up for work in the morning!
3. Want to Run? Then Run!
Unlike other exercises or activities that can involve a lot of equipment or some type of area to play in, running is pretty easy. All you need really are your legs.
Of course, you may want some running shoes and you may want to wear some other type of running gear, but essentially all you need are your legs and the open road to get moving!
If you are just starting to run, you should focus on the pure aspect of running anyways and not what the latest GPS tracker is.
4. Meet New People
Some of you may be runners who like to be by themselves (which is perfectly fine) while others may have more motivation to run if they ran routes with a group of people and made it more of a social activity.
Running clubs and groups are popping up everywhere and are very easy to start if you are looking to be the one to bring people together. If you want to join a group that is already established try checking out your local running store.
By joining a running club you will be exposed to new people in your area who all have a common thread: running!
5. Accomplish Something
This isn’t necessarily a fact or something we can back up, but I would say a majority of runners running a marathon or half-marathon (or any race) are doing so for the sheer enjoyment of knowing that they accomplished a goal.
While professional runners may find satisfaction in setting an new personal record, others may be just as happy finishing the entire race (such as a marathon) and even more importantly training the weeks/months before to accomplish this feat.
Feel like you are in a rut? Try setting some new and achievable goals for yourself. Never ran more than a mile? Start running and build yourself up so you can accomplish your goal and be happy!
Do you have any other reasons that you run? Let us know below in the comments!