Ten Reasons to Start Running Right Now

Run­ners are a lit­tle bit crazy; there’s no way around that. There are plen­ty of low­er impact sports out there that don’t include miles and miles on the pave­ment or a trail, sore legs and often-ugly feet. But there’s some­thing mag­i­cal about run­ning; there’s an enthu­si­as­tic opti­mism even when we’re hurt­ing, and one cheer from a spec­ta­tor at a race can break down even the high­est of walls. If that’s not enough to con­vince you to lace up, here are 10 rea­sons to start running:

It’s rel­a­tive­ly cheap.
All you need to run is a good pair of run­ning shoes. Once you have a pair of those, the world is your tread­mill. Go run the trail by the riv­er, or head out to your favorite neigh­bor­hoods for a jog. Grant­ed, races tend to be pret­ty spendy, but if you aren’t enter­ing any then run­ning will remain a real­ly cheap sport.

It’s good for you.
When you run, you don’t just strength­en your legs; you also strength­en your heart and keep your cho­les­terol down. And it’s good for your immune sys­tem. And it increas­es your bone den­si­ty, help­ing you fend off osteo­poro­sis. And it’ll help you lose weight and keep it off.

It’s a great way to explore your city.
Want to head out into the streets and see your city from a dif­fer­ent view­point? Run through it. Chances are you’ll find places you didn’t know were there and you might learn new and bet­ter routes to get around town.

You can run for a cause.
If you do decide to do a race, you’ll get the chance to run for a great cause—since most ben­e­fit char­i­ties. When you run for some­thing you believe in, it def­i­nite­ly helps add some moti­va­tion that’ll keep you going the full distance.

You can do it anywhere.
This is the sport/exercise you can take with you every­where. All you need to do is pack your run­ning shoes. Take a jog on the beach while on vaca­tion, or check out a new city when you’re away on a work trip. Or, you know, head out on a great trail run while on a camp­ing trip.

You can do it anytime.
Despite the time of year and the weath­er, it’s still pos­si­ble to run. Even when it’s snowy and cold, you can either head inside for a tread­mill jog, or bun­dle up and pre­pare to burn even more calo­ries on a great win­ter run.

You’ll increase your stamina.
Run­ning will help increase your sta­mi­na in basi­cal­ly every oth­er phys­i­cal activ­i­ty you do. It’ll make work­outs and oth­er sports a lit­tle bit eas­i­er and more enjoy­able, as well as, ahem, oth­er areas in your life.

You’ll meet new people.
Even if you only ever run solo and nev­er do any races, if you keep a reg­u­lar run­ning sched­ule, chances are you’ll start to see the same faces. This could lead to a future poten­tial run­ning bud­dy, or maybe you’ll just exchange names or smile at each oth­er each day. Either way, there’s def­i­nite­ly extra moti­va­tion in know­ing you’ll get to see some­one famil­iar out there.

You’ll get more energy.
If you run in the morn­ing, you’ll get your­self a nice ener­gy boost that might just last you through the day. But over­all, even one run can help defeat fatigue and fight slug­gish­ness. It’s a nat­ur­al stim­u­lant and bet­ter for you than that fourth cup of coffee.

You’ll feel bet­ter about yourself.
Com­bine all of the above and what do you have? A more inspired, high­er self-esteemed you. You’ll feel proud of the accom­plish­ments in your per­son­al runs, like when you break your own records for your fastest miles, and, if you decide to do races, when you accom­plish your first 5k, 10k, 15k, half-marathon and maybe even marathon.