I think most of the runners have faced this question at least once in their lifetime. It is because non-runners usually feel that running is too challenging or boring. Or maybe they are having that mental barrier that they cannot run long distance or maybe they believe in some myths like running is bad for joints or running makes you skinny etc.
As a runner, we all know that running is much more than fitness and weight loss. There are so many physical as well as emotional advantages behind running regularly.
So if you are having a question that why runners run or why should I start running then stay tuned, you have clicked on the right article!
So the following are a few reasons which motivate most of the runners to run or below are the points which will motivate you to start running!
- Good for the heart
- Improving Immunity
- Better Sleep
- Beat Your Best!
- Reduces depression, anxiety
- Overcoming mental obstacle.
- Runners High.
- Improves body posture
- Bonus: Improves self-esteem
Good for the heart: A runner has a healthy heart. Most of the doctors or cardiologist recommend their patients to go for a walk or short run. Running has positive impact on the heart of runners. Runners have lower resting pulse rate which results in higher amount of oxygen intake. Echocardiographic studies shows that distant runners have a healthy heart compared to sedentary people. The runners heart also pumps blood at higher rate compared to normal people. This is called an “Athlete Heart”. Athlete Heart once was considered abnormal, but now is considered as efficient organ. Running being an highly aerobic activity it has positive impact on cardiovascular system. So once you start running, your heart will start living a healthy life.
Improving Immunity: When your start running boosting immunity is certainly not the priority, but running being an aerobic workout it eventually helps to increase your immunity system. Just like running, other intensive workouts also boost your immunity system. When you run or do intensive workouts your body releases white blood cells which are crucial to boost your immunity system. While running your body temperature rises which helps you to fight various infections in your body. So during this Covid-19 times we have been well aware of importance of immune system and so there’s another motivation to run and stay healthy during this pandemic.
Better Sleep: There is no valid research to support this point but I personally have experienced this. When you have a good long run, that night you will really have a good sleep. The reason behind this is when you run or do some intensive exercise it increases the amount of slow wave sleep which means deep sleep. A research have stated that running reduces insomnia symptoms. It takes lots of energy and lots of calories are burned in process of running as it is known as aerobic exercise, which results to have a good sleep. The increase in body temperature while running and later on after cool down when temperature drops the runner may feel sleepy.
Beat Your Best: Running is an individual sport, and the only way to get better at it is getting better than yourself. As we all know that running is a pure test of physical as well as mental strength. If you have to get good at running there are no shortcuts, each day you have to try to get better version of yourself. Each day you have to try to run a bit more than what you ran yesterday. Even for marathons you have to keep improving day by day and eventually you will be physically and mentally ready for completing that dream marathon!. Specially for beginner runners its strongly recommended to not to compare themselves with elite runners because being good at running is a long-term process. So practicing and being consistent is the only way forward.
Reduces Depression & Anxiety: Running improves your mood and it also has positive impact to reduce depression and anxiety. Runners have more connections between the frontal-parietal network and other areas of brain this leads to positive influence on attitude. While running some neurochemicals are released in the body. These neurochemicals are known as endorphins. Endorphins are released in brain which helps runners to reduce pain and boost pleasure, resulting in feeling of well being. In addition to relieving daily stress endorphins also leads to burst of well being and just a general sense of happiness.
Overcoming Mental Obstacle: Running is not just physically challenging but also mentally challenging. A runner is also tested mentally when he has to complete a certain distance. Numerous thoughts rush into the mind of a runner when he is running. Multiple negative thoughts start running into a runners mind. Especially if you are a beginner then you will certainly start doubting yourself. A true runner has to overcome those thoughts and be focused on running, he/she has to stay determined and keep on chanting some positive lines while completing a marathon.
A runner can chant following sentences, these are the ones which i use personally.
- Yes, come on you can do this!
- Keep going!
- If they can finish it, why can’t I?
You just have to keep motivating yourself to run that extra mile!
When ever you mind tells you to stop, just take a deep breath and take control over your mind and keep going towards finishing line.-Team GetHolisticFit
Runners High: A experienced runner can tell you that sometimes it happens sometimes it doesn’t. So how exactly do you get runners high?
Well there is no exact way to get runners high, but first lets understand what exactly runners high means…
Runners high is a natural feeling of reduced stress and reduced ability to perceive pain. When you hit runners high the pain and tiredness drastically reduces and you get a feeling of happiness and fulfillment.
Did you guessed when do we get runners high? Exactly as mentioned above we get it through endorphins. It improves your mood and motivates you to cover that extra mile.
Improves Body Posture: As mentioned earlier running improves you mood but it also has positive influence on your body. A runners body goes through many changes, running makes his/her body more fit and lean. Running increases the percentage of lean muscles and reduces body fat substantially. It also increases your metabolism, which leads to improved bone density and overall development in health. Important point to remember for long distance runners is that running with weight training will help to increase your muscles.
Bonus- Builds Self-esteem: Running can also boost your self-esteem, when a beginner runner trains for a marathon he has to practice with full dedication and once the runner finishes his dream run, he/she will start to appreciate how far they have come. Any beginner runner feels a marathon is an unachievable task but as a runner’s body get develop he/she will start having a positive attitude and will appreciate the efforts. The confidence which you will gain will have positive influence on your personal as well as professional life. A runner will start taking challenges which he/she would have not taken otherwise.
A feeling which you get when you reach that finishing line cannot be expressed in words. I would really recommend you to train for a certain distance and experience that feeling by reaching that finishing line by yourself.
So, why you run…? Let me know in the comment section, what is your reason that keeps you motivated and if you are a beginner then which of the above reason will motivate you to run your first mile.