Why should I start running?29 March, 2014 0 comments
Why should I start running?
Some of us running enthusiasts could argue that anytime is a good time to start running, but for many sceptical beginners, the decision to commit might not be such an easy call. Everybody is different, but there are a few unarguable reasons why now is the time to start running. Here are just a few…
In the coming months, as we start to put winter behind us, the warmer temperatures and lighter evenings mean conditions start to become more favourable for us runners, and the better weather can make people feel more up for it as well.
The generally better conditions can lead to all sorts of further reasons to take up running. More events are put on in these warmer months’, meaning more chances to compete, which gives you more of a reason to train!
The seasons can also impact on discounted running goods in sports outlets, for example, a “summer sale” common in the summer months of the year. This may persuade beginners to purchase their first running goods, which can make them feel obliged to start running!
You’ve probably read this hundreds of times, but there’s no hiding from the fact that running will undoubtedly improve your physical and mental health. Boosting your immune system and maintaining your mental health, are only to name a few of the benefits, of which are listed in our expert advice articles right here on joggingboddy.com.
If you’re planning to run a marathon this summer, small or big, then you should have already started to train and should already be an experienced runner. But if you’re entering your first beginner’s race this summer, you should be starting to train around this time as well. If you feel you’ve ‘gone in too deep’ and entered a marathon which you know you cannot complete, inform the organisers as soon as possible, as there is most likely limited places. But if you’re considering entering a race in the longer term future, it’s never too early to start training!
If you start running tomorrow, you have virtually nothing to lose by trying it. All you need is a decent pair of running shoes! Running is easy, which is why it’s such a popular sport. Everyone knows how to run, and compared to other sports, you don’t need to invest in any specialist equipment of devote your life to training just to be good at it!
Believe it or not, if you’re looking for a new job, running is a great thing to put on your CV! “Why?” I hear you ask – running shows that you are committed and determined: transferrable skills which employers look for. It’s all very well stating these abilities, but the running factor helps prove it.
You can meet people through running! Joggingbuddy.com offers a great platform for you to meet new runners across the world. Making friends is great, and in running you could be training partners, enter a race together, or maybe just see each other on your morning daily/weekly runs.
Running helps you sleep better. With running, it’s easier to establish a better sleeping routine (due to general fatigue). Also, running encourages a deeper/more high quality sleep, making us feel refreshed the next morning.
Now is the perfect time to give a fresh start, to your fresh start. By this, I mean, you may have aimed for a fresh start at the start of this New Year, maybe taking up running was a new year’s resolution. This may not have gone your way; you didn’t expect it to get so cold, you didn’t have the right equipment, etc. Well why not have another fresh start this year? Learn from your mistakes, run in better conditions, and just generally make it work this time!
One of the best things you can do in running is set yourself goals. You can read more on this in our “The Power of Targets” article. Once set, your goals encourage you to start running, and checking off a goal that you’ve met, or beaten, any runner will tell you, is one of the most satisfying feelings.
If you live in the UK and like to use the typical British weather as an excuse to not run, there’s always the gym. In fact, in terms of starting running, the gym is often a good starting point for beginners, purely because there is more of an element of control. You’re not restricted by distance, there’s no route set in stone, and the weather doesn’t affect your ability to train.
Gyms tend to not be as busy at this time of the year, as people who signed up for New Year’s resolutions have often decided by now if it’s right for them or not. So go on, now’s your chance!
So don’t delay – taking up running is something that people hardly ever regret! Anyway, so what if you do? You have nothing to lose by giving it a try! Do you have some reasons of your own? What persuaded you to start running? Comment below!