11 Reasons to love Running

There’s a saying that “Belgians are born with a brick in the stomach” which essentially means that it’s in my genes to own my home. This must explain why I felt so heavy when I began running. Luckily, I don’t feel the weight of my brick anymore. Now I can only talk about how great running feels, and how happy it makes me.

Here are some reasons to love it…

  1. You can do it everywhere. Whether you are at home or on vacation, you just need to put your shoes on, go outside and start running. You will discover that running makes you experience places with a different perspective, even if it is you own neighborhood.
  1. You don’t need fancy equipment. As long as you have comfortable clothes and a pair of running shoes, you are good to go. Although when you are really into it you might want some extra gadgets, like a heart rate monitor –one that I highly recommend.
  1. It teaches you discipline. Having a running routine is the easiest way to follow your plan through. You learn not to make excuses for yourself if you just do what you planned.
  1. It gives you time for yourself. You can use this time to think, clear your mind, listen to your favorite music, meditate, etc. You can even try solving life problems or math equations.
  1. You meet great people. Runners are cool. Take it from me, I’m a runner. And most runners like to meet and train with other runners.
Runing in Lake Tota, Colombia
Runing in Lake Tota, Colombia
  1. It gives you energy. People feel that they are usually too tired to start exercising, but running and improving your condition makes you feel more awake and energized.
  1. It keeps you humble. No matter how much you improve, there are always people who can teach you more about it, who are faster, who have run longer and who have raced more.
  1. It makes you feel good about yourself. I don’t think many people understand the great feeling of getting to work in the morning knowing that you ran earlier. Say hello to my friends, the endorphins!
  1. It keeps you fit and healthy. OK, cool down and and remember this doesn’t give you a free pass on fries and pizza. However, running burns an average of 62.5 calories per kilometer.
  1. It takes you outside. There are studies that show that being outdoors in green areas results in a more positive mindset. Outdors + excercise = less stress
  1. It makes you push your limits. Running takes you out of your comfort zone, and improves your fitness levels. You can run regardless of your level, set goals accordingly and collect some ego boosting medals.

Investing time in running will definitely set you better for life, improve your life quality and boost your self-esteem.  So grab your shoes and go for a run!!! Do you have other reasons to love running?

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