Why Start Running?
What’s the point in starting running? You may well ask! Why start? Why do millions of people take to the streets each week (more than two million people in England run at least once a week, according to Sport England) Here are just a few reasons to lace up your trainers and go for a run.
1, Running is good for your health. According to the British Heart foundation, exercise helps to keep your heart healthy. Running also helps build stronger bones. As a weight bearing exercise, running is a great way to strengthen bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
2, Running helps you to lose weight (or let you eat more!) Running is one best of the activities for burning calories. Someone who weighs 12 stones can burn nearly a thousand calories in less than an hour.
3, Running can make you feel better. Not only does running allow the opportunity to enjoy a little me time and to escape the stress of everyday life, research shows running releases feel-good chemicals such as endorphins which can help people suffering with depression. Running can also increases confidence and self-esteem through improved body image.
4, Running can save you money. Forget expensive gym memberships, all you need to start running is a pair of trainers.
5, No waiting for classes. Running can fit around you and your busy life. There is no set time to run – you can run in the morning, on your lunch break, or after work.
6, Running is a great way to make new friends. Join your local running group and meet new people. Having company when you run is a great way to keep you motivated and have the opportunity learn from other people.
7, Running can improve your memory. A study by Cambridge University suggests that regular aerobic exercise can help to boost your memory and may reduce symptoms of dementia and protect the brain against Alzheimer’s.
8a, Running makes your sex drive go through the roof. So, you’ll also be a lot more active when you’re not running! Which means…
8b, You’ll also burn more calories when you’re not running! Which means…
8c, You’ll look even better and maybe get more of 8a!
When first taking up running it’s important to seek advice – running too far, too fast, too soon can strain your muscles and put you at risk of injury. Joining a local running group is a great way to start running safely.
A running group can offer motivation, encouragement and support – from other group members and the UK Athletics qualified Group Leader. Joining a running group is a great way to start running, or develop your running in a relaxed, non-competitive environment with people of similar abilities. Make sure that the group is organised and lead by a UK Athletics Leader in Running Fitness because they are qualified and insured to deliver safe, fun running sessions.