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My Top Five Reasons To Go Running

Written by: Monica Bestek

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Definition: to move at a speed faster than a walk, never having both or all the feet on the ground at the same time.

To run and to move is a brilliant thing. I don’t mean driving to the gym, dropping your bag and getting on a treadmill – I hate that idea! I’m talking about getting dressed, walking out your front door and hitting the pavement. Getting your body moving, getting out into the fresh air and out seeing the world. 

That’s what I’m talking about.  

When you run, you can see and appreciate amazing things at a different pace, you can go anywhere, you can feel the wind rushing through your hair and your blood pumping – Its empowering, it’s energising! 

You don’t have to run far, just get out and move. Getting up and giving it a go is the first step in actually getting better and experiencing things you wouldn’t experience if you simply slept in or jogged on a treadmill.

I think running is a beautiful thing. 

You were born to move. You have a body. Why not use it?

So, here are my top five reasons to run!

Your body was made to move.

You don’t have to go fast, you don’t have to go far you just have to try it – it’s enough to reap it’s own reward.

It clears your head.

Running can be an effective and incredible form of meditation. Taking time to focus and reflect on things. Just be in that moment, be present. Living without stress is true freedom.

It makes you feel invigorated.

You feel free. I feel like I can take on the world when I finish a run, it might be hard – sometimes I cant breath and sweat is dripping – but once that goes away, you feel so amazing. Don’t underestimate the power of natural endorphins!  

Fresh air is good for you.

If you are stuck in an office all day getting out into the fresh air will help you refocus and relax, ready to smash the rest of the day. A new physical perspective can give you a fresh mindset.

You can always improve.

So what’s the best thing about running you ask? You can always improve. You can go further or faster, or both – its up to you how much you want to push yourself. You can determine how much or little of a challenge you want. It’s super easy to track your progress by timing and monitoring your distance. Improving and gaining can be so rewarding, it can inspire you to push further and further. As you become fitter, you improve your quality of life. It’s always a win/win situation!

So guys, if you like to run – awesome! Keep it up you little legend! Let us know what made you start running in the first place and why you love it. If you never run, maybe you should try giving it a chance because you’ll likely surprise yourself. You’re never too unfit or too old to just get out there and get started. Let me know how your first run goes!

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