No, it’s not because there’s a crazy axe murderer behind you, or because you’re missing the bus (although those are good reasons to run). These are 5 reasons why you should step away from the egg nog and lace up those kicks and get a move on via two feet and a heart beat!
1. It Does a Body Good.
Running is good for your health – plain and simple. It’s a great way to relieve stress and clear your head. You’ll strengthen the heart and lungs and whether you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, running can help keep both of those in check. It’s also a great way to burn calories and lose weight, and if you’re already happy with where your waist line is – then enjoy filling that calorie deficient with a post run gingerbread man – you’ve earned it!
I love running because it allows me to set AND complete goals. The first goal I ever set running was to race the NYC marathon. Not at that point of time, 7 years ago, I was barely able to run for 20min on the treadmill, it was lofty, and I loved working for it (and accomplishing it!). Be sure to keep your goals S.M.A.R.T! That’s Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic/Relevant, and Time based. Build up your distance slowly and safely, and use your goals as motivation to get moving.
For my first year in Toronto I ran alone and I liked it and that was great. Then I connected with my local lululemon and have spent the last 3 years running with a crew. A running community is a great way to not only meet people who have common interests, but is a great way to share advice, product reviews, routes, and to stay safe while running at dawn and dusk. Running with a crew will help you stay motivated, not only during these chilly winter runs, but they will help you to meet, as well as celebrate, your running goals.
4. Low or No Cost.
Running can pretty much be done anywhere and with very little equipment (just don’t say that to my closet full of lululemon and shoes!). Grab a good pair of running shoes and you’re ready to hit the streets.
Running is a great way to explore and see what’s new in your town or while out on vacation. Throw on your shoes and explore. Even after 4 years I’m surprised with all the new areas we run across or some of the old places that we’ve never taken the time to look around in. During a trip to Paris with my sister we woke up every morning and ran along the Seine. My first view of the Eiffel Tower was during our run. Just lace up your shoes and let the journey begin!
So why run? Why not? Put on your shoes, get ready to explore, and go for a run!