If you follow the online running community, you probably come across a lot of marathon runners, individuals with run streaks and other extreme behaviors. Although these are amazing accomplishments, they don’t portray the average runner and ultimately, you don’t need to be extreme to see benefits from running.
Even if you slip on your running shoes just once or twice a week, you’re still setting yourself up for a lot of positive outcomes. Engaging in regular runs, even at a modest frequency, can lead to:
- Enhanced Mental Health: Running has a proven positive impact on mental wellness. It’s a powerful stress-reliever and contributes to reduced anxiety and an overall sense of well-being.
- Cardiovascular Health: Regular running improves cardiovascular fitness, strengthening your heart and lowering the risk of heart-related issues.
- Boosted Confidence: Setting and achieving personal running goals can boost your self-esteem and confidence in other areas of life.
- Community Connection: Whether the group is online or local, the running community will welcome you with open arms.
Running isn’t easy but if you feel like every single run is the hardest workout you’ve ever done, it’s likely that you’re pushing yourself too hard.
As a newcomer, the best thing you can do for yourself is start off easy. Embrace the idea of running at your own pace (the slower the better), allowing yourself to walk or take breaks when you need to. Gradually building up your stamina and distance will help you learn to enjoy the process.
So, why is running slow the answer? A slower pace allows your body to improve its aerobic energy system. This improves the body’s ability to produce energy and improve the efficiency of blood getting to your muscles.
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