In case you aren’t yet aware of all of the ways running can influence your life, these reasons may be just the inspiration you need to get out the door. And honestly, these are just a few of the dozens of ways running can change your life.
You will become healthier
You don’t have to commit to running a marathon (or even a half marathon) to improve your fitness. All you have to do is be consistent. If you’re a new runner, that means running 3-4 days a week while also paying heed to developing strength and recovery. If you’re an intermediate runner, it means varying your running to include long runs and faster workouts to further fitness while avoiding plateaus. It won’t happen overnight, so you have to be patient, be consistent and trust the process.
You will become happier
The more you run and the more fit you get, the better you’ll feel about yourself. It’s all about the release of endorphins and serotonin—chemical compounds and neurotransmitters that make us more energetic, more alert and happier. Those elements are released by the brain during and after easy to moderate running (or any light to moderate exercise), which is why you’re almost always glad you went for that run—especially those runs you thought about nixing because you were too tired, too busy or too grumpy.
You will become more accountable
As much as running can be a fairly free-form leisure activity, the more you get into it the more it demands accountability, precision and a sense of presence. Logging proper mileage, hitting workout times, showing up on time for a group run and forcing yourself to get out of bed an hour early are all things that will spur accountability. Not only will you learn to make time for running, you will also find yourself being more prompt and present in everyday life too. You’ll become more ambitious.
You will become more optimistic
If you let it, running breeds excitement, positivity and success. By running consistently and committing to the goals you develop, running will create an incurable optimism that will not only make you look forward to your next run or race, but it will also make you look forward and encourage you to improve other aspects of your life. Trust me, it is contagious. Running in bad weather, running through aches and pains and running through the fatigue you feel in a race will all build positive energy that will pay off in other places. Running in frustratingly windy conditions or a rainstorm or sub-freezing weather will toughen you up and help you realize other things in life aren’t so bad.
You will become a better version of yourself
If you’re just starting out, the positive effects of running will begin immediately, even if you don’t recognize them right away. If you’re a lifelong runner, running will continue to help you become a better version of yourself. No, runners are not perfect, but the more you submit to the authenticity of running, the more you realize it contains a power bigger than yourself.
ONE RUN CAN CHANGE YOUR DAY, MANY RUNS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
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