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Why Should I Run?

by Daniel Johnston

There are a lot of benefits to running, both physically and emotionally. Most likely you’ve already thought about these if you’re checking out this website.

Nevertheless, let me run down them for you to give you a clearer picture of what exactly the benefits of running are:

Losing Weight/Getting in Shape

This is probably the biggest one. With the obesity epidemic spreading across the United States, it should come as no surprise that many people are turning to running to get their lives back on track.

Even if you’re not overweight, though, running can definitely help keep you in good shape, and studies show runners to live longer. So it’s a great long term investment on your health.

In terms of losing weight, running burns more calories than any other exercise other than swimming, so it’s certainly very worthwhile. Running is also a lot simpler and more constant than all the crazy diets and exercise programs. Instead, you just go out and run.

As I said, running is a great way to stay in shape. If you’re running on a regular basis, then you are definitely in good shape, and you are much less likely to get diseases, injuries, and will likely age better and live longer.

Not bad, huh?

Mental State

Everyone wants to feel happier. And there can be no doubt that running is one of the best ways to do that.

Running has been shown in many scientific studies to help your brain chemistry produce the right stuff to get you feeling happy. Runners don’t need those studies, though. It’s evident to me and all my running friends that running somehow just seems to make everything feel all right. I always feel happier, lighter, and more willing to tackle whatever is thrown my way after going on a good run.

Running also gives you more energy. If I don’t go on a run for awhile, I’m liable to start feeling lethargic and like I can’t do as much because I haven’t been on the road lately. Running is one of the best things you can do for your mental health.

I Just want to

This is ultimately what it comes down to, because while running is a great way of accomplishing the above two goals, it is by no means the only way. Something about running just makes you want to do it.

Maybe you like the feeling of the wind in your hair, watching the pretty sunset and feeling on top of the world. Maybe you feel a oneness, a sense of peace, of aliveness when you run, and you want to experience that.

If you don’t like running, that’s cool. They’re plenty of other things to do. But if you have any innate desire to run, any feeling of happiness, of joy when you run, then you may want to get started. Running is a magical world filled with joys and highs greater than you can imagine. I promise.

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