If you’re thinking about stepping up your fitness game this new year, you should consider running. It comes with tons of benefits, and there’s no learning curve. If you need more convincing, here are eight good reasons to get started.
1. It’s Good for Your Heart
Running is good for your heart, and the number one reason why you should start in the new year. Just 10-15 minutes each day lowers your risk of cardiovascular death by more than 40%, according to a study conducted by the Journal of American College of cardiology. If you’re new to running start off slow, and build up your pace. The heart benefits are well worth it, and who doesn’t want to extend their lifespan?
2. It Doesn’t Require Any Special Equipment
Depending on what exercises and fitness plan you take up, getting started can be pretty expensive. This is what makes running so attractive. Other than a good pair of running shoes, you don’t need any special equipment. This means you save save a few bucks, and some space in your den or basement that you would normally need for weights, or some other gym equipment.
3. You Get to Enjoy the Outdoors
Running allows you to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. If you’re used to being in an office most of the time, this will be the highlight of your day. There are also tons of benefits to getting out in the air, including the vitamin D you get from the sun, and the overall improvement of your mood and self esteem.
4. It’s Good for Weight Loss
If your goal in the new year is to lose weight, then running should definitely be part of your exercise plan. Just 20 minutes per day, 3-4 times per week can help you lose up to a pound per week (with a proper diet, of course). Depending on how much weight you need to lose, this could be a huge help in meeting your goals.
5. You Don’t Have to Learn Any Moves
If you’ve seen any of the new fitness commercials out, you know that some of them require you to watch and rewatch them just to learn the moves. You don’t have to worry about that with running. Who doesn’t know how to run? Speed up when you get the energy, slow down when you’re about to pass out. Simple enough, right?
6. You Can Skip the Gym
When you run outside, you don’t need a gym membership. There are no “gym rats” to make you feel inadequate, and no walls confining you to a small space. Some people loathe going to the gym, and this is a perfect exercise when you’re on that list. And because you can run any time, you don’t have to try to get in your workout before the gym closes.
7. You Can Track Your Progress
Running is the perfect excuse to buy a fitness tracker. The newer ones come with awesome software that tracks your calories burned, miles, steps, and so much more. This can be life changing for some people, as interacting with the app and taking the challenges help keep them on track. You don’t have to spend a ton of money either. Some of the lower priced ones work just as good as the expensive devices.
8. It Gets You Socializing
When you’re outside with the rest of the world, you may be surprised at how social you are. Running allows you to communicate and interact with people that you may have otherwise never noticed. That run past the flower shop may build a new relationship with the owner, or you could meet your new best friend in the park.
Whether you’re thinking about running on the treadmill or outside in the open air, get determined to make it happen this new year. It’s simple, inexpensive, and comes with a ton of benefits. Grab a partner if you want someone to talk to, or join a group in your local area. The key is to just get started. You’ll thank yourself later.