Ok I'll admit, I don't actually like running. I don't like it all, yet regardless of this, I still do it. And below I'm going to tell you why I do it. So if you've been thinking about it for some time, or you want to start a new fitness regime, you want to lose some weight, or you want to try something different, then taking up running might be a good place to start.
#1 - You can do it anywhere
Basically you just go out of the door and run. You can run on the pavement, on a treadmill, on a grassy field, in a park, on a beach, up a hill, round a track, through mud, around the town, through the countryside, anywhere you please. The world's your oyster.
#2 - It's cheap
Apart from good footwear - and from experience I don't recommend that you skimp in this department - running costs nothing. You put on some comfortable clothes, lace up your running shoes and off you go.
#3 - It's one of the best calorie burners
For an average 70kg female, you can expect to burn more than 850 calories during a 60 minute run. So it can considerably help you to reach your weight-loss goals.
#4 - It's less time-consuming than a gym session
Running can take as long or as little time as you wish. A good 20-30 minute session 3 times a week is all you need for tremendous fitness gains. Running rather than walking, takes half the time and burns twice as many calories, making it good value for those time-pressed individuals.
#5 - It can be sociable
Running doesn't have to be lonely. There are plenty of running clubs, both real and virtual, and support forums. Get a group of friends together. Or join up with your local Parkrun on a Saturday morning. When you see other runners out and about they will always say hello.
#6 - Visit the Doctor less
Exercise and activity helps to boost your metabolism and immune system and strengthens your heart and lungs. Ladies who exercise regularly can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 30%.
#7 - Eat more carbs
"I don't like carbs" said no one ever! And running is a good excuse to increase your intake to help your running performance and boost your mood. Go careful though, don't use running as an excuse to overeat!
#8 - Is never boring
Running doesn't have to be just running. There is intervals, time trials, tempo runs, sprints, Fartlek, long runs, slow runs, easy runs etc. etc. The possibilities are endless.
#9 - Reach your goals
Joining events is a great fun way to help reach your fitness goals. There is a plethora of 5k's, 10k's, 10 milers, half marathons, marathons, obstacle races, colour dashes, scenic 7's, Parkrun's, charity events, themed events, to whet your appetite.
#10 - Live a longer, healthier life
Runners have fewer disabilities and remain active longer than their sedentary counterparts. Even as the miles decrease with age, the health benefits continue.
#11 - We were born to run
It is a primal instinct that we have inherited from our ancestors, to outrun prey over long distances. Gait, how a person walks or runs, is one of the seven primal movement patterns, which define every movement a human can make.
#12 - Makes you sexy
Having a sexy runner's body will make you feel more confident underneath, in-between and on top of the sheets, and help you get in the mood more often.
#13 - Gives you positive thoughts
Active people are much more likely to see the glass as half full, both during exercise and for hours after.
#14 - Boosts your memory
Exercise also helps your mental well-being, keeping the mind sharp and reducing the symptoms of dementia.
#15 - Gives you a natural glow
An increase in activity and a 60 minute burst out in the fresh air will get the blood circulating. And, believe it or not, sweat gives your pores a good cleanse, providing that you have a good pre and post workout skin routine.
#16 - Improves your self esteem
Getting out for a run will make you feel great about yourself.
#17 - Better balance
Providing you don't overdo it, older runners will have a better sense of balance and stronger knees and tendons than non-runners.
#18 - Keep blood pressure in check
Running is a natural way to lower blood pressure. Increasing the number of workouts can decrease blood pressure in weeks.
#19 - Makes you stronger
Running is an impact sport helping bones to become stronger.
#20 - Gives you an energy boost
If you are feeling lethargic and sluggish, go out for a run. Just one short session can boost your energy and fight fatigue.
#21 - Take the dog
If you have a dog, why not take the dog with as a running partner. Your furry friend will think it's great fun to be running with you. A running partner for you and a treat for them.
#22 - Improve your core strength
Whether you realised it or not, running engages you middle section, strengthening the core muscles. A stronger core improves posture, strengthens limbs, and makes everyday activities much easier.
#23 - You can do it all year round
Running is suitable in all weather conditions, you just need to make sure you are dressed correctly. Layers work best so you can strip off as you warm up and keep those extremities warm with hats and gloves.
#24 - Get better sleep
Running ensures that you sleep for longer to help the body prepare for the next run. And the quality of sleep will be better.
#25 - Listen to music
It gives you the chance to listen to whatever music you wish to without judgement. Pop the headphones and off you go!
#26 - Look after your heart
Running for just 1 hour a week can reduce the risk of heart disease by nearly half.
#27 - De-stress
Feeling a bit hot under the collar? Had a bad day? Instead of slumping in a chair in front of the TV with a bottle of wine, go out for a run. Running boosts the body's serotonin levels, making you feel calmer and more resistant to stress.
#28 - Be at one with nature
Getting out about, running in green places will enormously increase your sense of well-being. Be at one with nature and enjoy the scenery.
#29 - Increase your stamina
Running regularly improves your stamina, making workouts more enjoyable and productive.
#30 - Me time
It is increasingly difficult to switch off and get away from it all. Running allows you to do just this. Running provides a rare opportunity to remove yourself from life's distractions.
#31 Breeds creativity
Once the mind gets used to quietness of no distractions, invariably this leads to random or abstract thoughts - the path of true creativity.
#32 The runner's high
The feelings you get after a long run are those of relaxation, both in body and mind and you will feel a huge sense of well-being known as the runner's high.