I’m not sure if I talked about this before, but over the last year or so, I’ve developed a pretty big interest in running. Like most people, one of my new year’s resolutions in 2016 was to lead a healthier lifestyle. I decided to take up running that January and managed to create an exercise routine that I’ve stuck with to this day. And while it has definitely been a challenge, I’m really happy to have done it.
Anyways, up until last January, I was totally convinced that running wasn’t the exercise for me. I found it boring and felt like it lasted forever. But once I got myself running on a daily basis, I realized that it wasn’t as bad as it seemed. In fact, I actually discovered that running could be enjoyable. I run a little over three miles every day now, and in this time it’s gone from feeling like a chore to feeling like a hobby. I don’t dread hopping on the treadmill like I used to when I first started out. If anything, running has become something that I look forward to. Trust me when I say those are words I never imagined I would be typing.
So, if you’re someone who’s been thinking about getting into running, but haven’t quite settled on it, hopefully you can take some of these reasons into consideration. Sometimes it just takes a little push to get yourself where you want to go!
It’s a good distraction
One thing that I’ve really grown to love about running is that I can use it to distract myself from whatever else I may be going through. If I’m feeling very anxious or stressed out about something, I know that I can always take my mind off of it by going for a run. When you’re running, you can’t really be preoccupied by anything else. The only thing you can focus on is what’s right in front of you. It’s definitely a great stress reliever and keeps your mind far away from your worries, which is something we all could use from time to time. It’s a healthy and productive way to give your mind a break from the work, school, or general life stress that you have going on.
It makes me feel energized
Another thing I can always count on running to do is give me a much needed boost of energy. On days when I’m feeling incredibly sluggish, but have the time to sit around, going on a run works to energize me. I feel a lot more invigorated after I’ve gone for my daily run and it makes everything else I’ve got to get done that day seem more doable.
It challenges me
I’m the type of person who is always looking for a challenge. To me, one of the best things in life is being able to test your limits and push yourself in different directions. In running, there are always new challenges you can set for yourself. When I first started running, I set a goal of 1.5 miles each day for myself. After a while, I pushed that 1.5 up to 2. And after that, I pushed that 1.5 up to 3.1. I love that running allows you to be in constant battles with yourself. It teaches you to work hard and never settle.
It gives me a good attitude
If you’re ever in low spirits, running is one of the best things you can do to perk yourself up. If I’m feeling particularly annoyed or unproductive, I immediately put on my running shoes and head to the treadmill. Going for a run manages to cheer me up even on really sour days. After I’ve completed my daily run, my attitude drastically improves. I feel a lot more prepared to deal with whatever work lies ahead of me. Plus, it’s an easy thing to check off my to-do list.
A few weeks back, I wrote a post about how I have a difficult time letting go of things that I can’t control. In that post, I mentioned that I like to be in control of whatever’s going on in my life, because I hate having to handle problems that I couldn’t have prevented from happening. The way I see it, running or working out in general is one of the few things in life that I can pretty much always have control of. There are times when it’s difficult to find the time to run, but I’m usually able to do so. And I think that makes it a very empowering feeling.
It helps me sleep
Does anyone else ever find that they seem to be at their most energetic right when they’re supposed to go to sleep? I seriously can’t tell you how many times I’ve failed to get myself to sleep and ended up completely exhausted in the morning. While I still have nights like this, the number of them has certainly decreased since I started running. After I burn a lot of energy during a run, I have an easier time going to bed. This has really helped me get the rest I need and be more productive in the morning.
Obviously this reason is subjective, but I think running can be fun for anybody as long as they find a way to enjoy it. Since I typically run on a treadmill indoors, I’m able to watch Netflix as I run. This keeps my mind occupied for the entire run and gives me a little incentive to get on the treadmill. As with any sort of exercise, it’s all about figuring out what you personally like and how you can incorporate it into your workout routine.
Thank you so much for reading! I haven’t done any fitness-related content on here before, so let me know if you’d be interested in seeing more. Running plays such a big role in my daily routine, so I’d love to talk more about it.
Do you like running?