Looking for a safe, fun, and effective way to improve your health? Have you considered taking up running? If so, I have 3 excellent reasons you should.

3 Reasons to Start Running
3 Reasons to Start Running
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“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

Jim Ryan

I love this quote by Jim Ryan. It just makes sense to me. Most people have issues with motivation, but when we create a healthy habit, it is normally an afterthought. Like brushing your teeth every day. The motivation to get up every day and work out is not a simple task. So creating the habit, especially a healthy one, is even harder. Don’t despair, I have 3 important reasons you should.

#1 Running Improves Your Health

Running improves your health
Running improves your health
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We’re all aware of the health benefits of adding more movement into our day. Most of us, including me, spend an awful lot of time sitting. Our bodies are not made to be still for hours at a time. We are designed to move. Taking up any exercise adds an excellent health benefit, but running in my opinion is probably the cheapest and easiest way to start.

All you need is a pair of good running shoes and a path. How easy is that? The best part are the health benefits that come with running. The health benefits are seemingly endless. You will improve your cardiovascular health and you will see your body starting to change.

Slimming down will lower your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers. Your results may vary depending on how active you currently are and how much running you plan to do. Any amount of running will be beneficial.

#2 Running Improves Self-Esteem

Running improves mental health.
Running improves mental health.
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Self-esteem is one of the biggest reasons to start a running program. If you are overweight and self-conscious about it, lace up your sneakers and get outside. Research has shown that spending time outdoors is a natural confidence-booster. As your running performance improves, you’ll have a greater sense of accomplishment and self-worth.

#3 Running Improves Mood

Running is a natural mood-booster.
Running is a natural mood-booster.
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“The hardest step for a runner is the first one out the door.”

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Reasons to run are endless. Health and wellness is important, but my all-time favorite is the cheerful mood that it creates. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with receptors in your brain, and this helps to create that happy feeling.

The reasons for running really outweigh the reasons we have for not. So get outside and start or end your day better and healthier. Running may not be easy to start at first, but once you get into the habit, you experience an abundance of positive effects like health and that runners high you hear about.

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Yours in health.