Running increases endurance, builds muscle to maintain an optimal body fat composition, promotes cardiovascular health, strengthens the heart, and even improves your overall mood.
In order to incorporate “running” into your lifestyle you will need to find the joy that comes from doing the exercise, as opposed to setting expectations for yourself.
Take a kid who enjoys running around on the playground as an example, he has no expectations of becoming fit and looking a certain way, he genuinely just enjoys the activity itself.
Health benefits of running and jogging:
•Help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise.
•Improve cardiovascular fitness
•Burn plenty of calories
•Help maintain a healthy weight
Tips: Pre plan your run(s) for the week and find pathways/routes that are safe but yet fun. If you are seeking mental rest and relaxation from your run, then find pathways that are close to the water or trees. If you are seeking excitement and a mental uplift from your run, then find pathways that are in the city center/downtown or in busy community parks.
Bobby Bains BHSc, Life Coach