Before you finish your list of New Year's resolutions for 2019, you've got to add "start running," because it can change your life — and actually help you reach some of your other goals — in so many ways. Why should you start running in 2019? Let's have a look.
1 Burn Fat
Since running is one of the highest calorie burners, if you want to lose weight, then running is a no-brainer. Lace up your running shoes, put your hair in a ponytail and head out to the streets for a great run.
2 Get Rid of Stress
It's amazing how exercise rids your body of unwanted stress. As a runner I speak from complete experience. Running is the ultimate stress reliever. Running will have your brain producing endorphins - happy chemicals. This will have you solving problems, smiling and finishing your runs feeling stress free!
3 Have Fun
It's a rare day when I do not find myself having fun on my run. Maybe it is the feeling of accomplishment or the breeze in the air. If you do not believe me, put on your running sneakers and put your body to the test!
4 Better Health Markers
It is incredible just how much change for the better exercise can do. If you choose to exercise you will have better health markers and just feel better. You may notice your cholesterol lowered and even your heart rate is at a healthier number. You are becoming stronger both inside and out; just look at those toned, tight legs that you earned from your runs!
5 Reduce Everyday Sickness
Boost your immune system from the investment in your health by choosing to run. You will find yourself with less colds and just feel better generally. You will miss work less and just feel an extra spring in your step by choosing to be a runner.
6 Meet New Friends
As a lifelong runner, I have met so many new running friends through races and my running club. You can meet so many new people with a similar passion for running and you can bond together over a run. Meet new friends as you get healthier.
7 Build Confidence
As you slim down, become stronger and conquer your personal running goals you will become more confident. Since running is an individual sport, you will revel in your own personal accomplishment with every quickened running time, longer distance and upon completion of every run!
8 The Bling
I'm not going to lie: I love collecting medals at the end of the races I finish, and even better, the races I win! They're really fantastic... I mean, how many other things will you do in life that you'll get a medal for?
9 Progress, Baby!
Running can yield measurable results, in time and in distance, and that's important when you're setting goals. For example, when I first started running, I couldn't make it 1/4 mile without stopping, and this spring, four years into running, I ran my first marathon — 26 miles! It's so wonderful to be able to track your progress!
Did you know that one day, your running might inspire someone else to give it a go, so they can reach their own health and fitness goals? How amazing would that be?
Lace up your running sneakers and head out for a run! Give it a mile and you will begin to smile and at that point, there is no turning back, you will become a runner! Happy Running in 2019 and beyond!