Running has long been a popular pastime and for anyone that wishes to get fit, lacing up their trainers and hitting the streets is one of the first ports of call. Some people get the running bug and from then on it’s a few times a week, and that can become every day.
Many people become lifers after that, running daily for the rest of their lives. Ron Hill, a runner from the UK famously ran every day for 52 years, and while we’re not suggesting you do that exactly, there are so many benefits for getting out, even just for a short run, daily.
So, if you’re thinking about it, here are five reasons why it might just change your life…
Boosts Physical Health
First and foremost, regular running can help you lose weight, build muscle, and improve your cardiovascular health. Running also strengthens your bones and joints, reducing your risk of osteoporosis and arthritis. It can even boost your immune system, helping you fight off illness and disease.
Improves Mental Health
Running has also been shown to have a positive impact on mental health. Daily running can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve your overall mood. Running releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, which can leave you feeling energised and happy. It can also be a form of meditation, allowing you to clear your mind and focus on the present moment.
Running every day can also increase your confidence. Setting and achieving running goals can give you a sense of accomplishment and pride. Running can also improve your self-image and body positivity, leading to increased self-confidence and self-esteem. By challenging yourself physically, you can develop mental resilience and a stronger sense of self.
Helps Kick the Bad Habits
If you become hooked on running, you’re much less likely to become addicted to anything else, and it will typically encourage you to kick any bad habits and focus more on the good endorphins you’re receiving from your running. With the likes of alcoholism, unhealthy eating and drug taking all rife at present, running daily will help keep your balance in check and encourage you to avoid those bad habits that can so frequently lead to the likes of depression and addiction.
Finally, running every day can enhance your productivity. Daily running can increase your energy levels and mental clarity, helping you stay focused and productive throughout the day. It can also provide a much-needed break from the stresses of work and everyday life, allowing you to return to your tasks with renewed focus and motivation.