Here’s a guest post by a lovely blogger about running for beginners and most specifically about why you should start running TODAY! I know running is something I am trying to fall in love with so this is perfect for me! Hope you enjoy it. Take it away, Amy!
Hi Sensual Appeal Readers! I’m Amy and I blog over at Long Drive Journey. I write about running, eating, and life in general. I was so excited when Kammie said she needed a guest poster to chat with you guys about running for beginners!
If you’re anything like I used to be, the idea of running may not be something you’re into. I had always heard about the so-called “runner’s high” that so many people experienced after going for a long run. For me, it was more like a runner’s low. Running made me feel sick, exhausted, and unwell. Then a year ago, everything changed.
Last August, I packed up my bags and moved myself and everything I knew halfway across the country to New England. I was taking a wonderful job opportunity, so I initially approached the move with excitement. However, after two weeks of living in my new city, I went through a terrible breakup, found out that there were roaches in my apartment, and couldn’t sleep at night because I lived right next door to a nightclub. Fabulous. Although I can look back on it now and laugh, I had an extremely difficult time. I did everything I could to feel better and to get back my happy, but I couldn’t.
That’s when someone suggested running.
I can honestly say that running has changed my life, and if you are even toying with the idea of giving it a try, here are three reasons why you should start running today.
1. It’ll make you feel better.
See there’s this idea that physical activity actually improves your mood. My mood was so low when I moved to New England that I figured I didn’t have anything to lose by trying it. So I started with the Couch to 5K program. At first, I could only run 60 seconds without stopping, but I had to start somewhere. Two months later, I ran my first 5K, the Baton Rouge Race for the Cure in support of a friend’s mother who was battling breast cancer.
There is something about getting out there and pounding the pavement that makes life seem a little better. Truth be told, running actually releases endorphins, little happiness-making capsules in your brain that just make you feel better. The runner’s high is, in fact, a real thing!
2. It’s a lot cheaper than joining a gym.
Gym memberships these days can cost a small fortune every year while running is (basically) FREE! Sure, you can buy special compression tops and a fancy GPS watch if you want to, but you can also wear cutoff shorts and a t-shirt and get out there.
If you are new to running, you can download the Couch to 5K program, and suddenly you have a built in personal trainer…all for $0 a month. Win-win. One thing is true – having a decent pair of running shoes is important, but you can buy a good pair online for less than $50, and as a beginning runner, they will last you a while.
3. It’s good for your health.
Studies show that a moderate amount of running is good for your heart. It actually teaches your heart to work more efficiently, become stronger, and pump more blood throughout your body. Running burns calories and builds up muscle. It will make you sore (and stronger!) in places where you didn’t even know muscles existed.
Although the biological benefits of running cannot be denied, I enjoy running for different reasons. Running makes my legs strong so that I can walk to my job and help others every day. It’s good for my brain because it shows me that I can push harder than I ever knew. Running is good for my stamina, and it allows me to chase after my little cousins and laugh at their smiling faces. But most importantly, I enjoy running because it pulled me out of the dark. It gave me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Running changed my life.
It may be hard at first. You may need to start out walking first to build up your stamina. That’s OKAY. You will never know what you can do until you challenge yourself. And you can do a whole lot more than you give yourself credit for.
So what are you waiting for? Lace up.
How often do you run?
What got YOU into running?
Let mek now in the comments below!