Chances are, you already know about some of the physical benefits of running: improved heart health, amazing legs and overall fitness. But have you thought about all the other benefits to running? The ones that aren’t necessarily related to your physical health? We ‘ve put together a list of reasons why everyone should love running:
IT’S A WAY TO FIND YOUR ZEN
While most of us think of meditation as quietly sitting cross-legged with our eyes closed, moving meditation can be just as effective in calming our minds. The parallels become apparent between both activities when you think about their focus on breathing. Many runners get out there to clear their minds and calm down after a stressful day. Meditation clears your mind and eases anxiety. Starting to see the connection?
MEETING LIKE-MINDED NEW FRIENDS
The running community is huge, but somehow manages to have a close-knit feeling. With run crews and meet-up groups in just about every town, it’s easy to find a running partner (or five). We suggest joining a local Running Facebook Group, here you can find out meeting locations and times. If you happen to have a friend who wants to get started in running, too, that’s even better — you’ll keep each other accountable and have fun while you’re at it. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of friendly competition?
IT’S A FUN WAY TO EXPLORE A NEW PLACE
Whether you have just moved to a new suburb, or you’re travelling to a new city, running can be a great way to get your bearings in a new place (just make sure you can find your way back to your home/hotel)! Did you know that the Great Ocean Road Running Festival is the only event that closes the Great Ocean Road for runners and walkers to experience peacefully without traffic?
YOU CAN DO IT ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!
Is that 7am Pilates class always full? Or you don’t have an extensive amount of gym equipment to do that ‘easy’ at-home work-out. Maybe the gym isn’t letting you in because you forgot your sweat towel. Well a good run will never let you down! All you need is a pair of running shoes and off you go!