Top 5 reasons you should try running

5 Jul

While I am diligently unpacking my boxes and enjoying my new town in Florida (yay!!!!!), Amanda from There are 2 Sides graciously volunteered to write a guest post with some awesome reasons why you should start running! Thank you, Amanda!

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  1. Running is a cardio workout like no other.  It increases the amount of blood that is pumped around your body from your elevated heart rate.  This will help decrease your resting heart rate, strengthen your heart and can help you lose weight.
  2. Running does not require expensive equipment or a gym membership that you’ll only use twice.  If you have a sturdy pair of sneakers then you are ready to hit the pavement or treadmill. Once you have tested the running waters you can decide if it is something you want to pursue.  If the running bug has bitten you, then investing in a good pair of running sneakers is the way to go.  Head out to your local running store where they will measure how your foot falls when you run and fit you with a shoe that supplements what you are already doing.
  3. No matter your age, weight, race or gender you can run.  Starting slow is a good way to ease into it if you are uncertain of how your body will react.  There are some great beginners running programs that can work you from walking up to a 5K in only 9 weeks (c25k.com). There will be pain with your running gain though.  This is your body building lean muscle and blasting fat.
  4. You can meet new friends.  Running is a very social sport if you want it to be.  There are races, running clubs, running stores, group runs and more in most cities around the country, should you choose to be a part of them.  On the flip side, if you love to be alone and value that time to think, then running alone is just as rewarding!
  5. It is easy to fit running into your already busy schedule.  In order see results from running you should spend 3-4 days a week and 20 minutes or more on those days to running.   You don’t need to spend hours each day to see great results.  Try some speed work for 20 minutes or find a hill and incorporate that into your 20 minute workout.

Make simple steps towards running can make it a new hobby of yours that will make you feel amazing!

Now go head on over to Amanda’s blog!

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3 Responses to “Top 5 reasons you should try running”

  1. Amanda @ There Are 2 Sides July 5, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Thank you so much and I hope your move and unpacking has been easy!

  2. Carolina @ Peas in a Blog July 5, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Love this post, it’s so true! Running looks beautiful on everyone 🙂

  3. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) July 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    I agree. Running is such a good stress buster. 🙂

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