The second “W” of running:
“Why should I run?”
- Because I want to lose weight.
If weight loss is your plan, know this: running can burn some major calories. The actual amount of calories burned varies depending on your height, weight, and how fast you run. For example, a 150 pound runner who puts in a ten minute mile can burn about a hundred calories. That’s 300 calories in thirty minutes! You can’t get that burn rate on a stationary bike.
- Because I want to be fit!
If you already exercise and want to improve your fitness, add in a couple of runs each week to work different muscle groups
- Because I want to reach a goal.
If you want to say you’ve run a 5K, the feeling of accomplishing this goal will motivate you forward. Other areas of your life will benefit.
- Because I need to get moving.
I think everyone knows a sedentary lifestyle is not great for your health, but there are days it’s hard to get motivated to move. Running will improve your energy levels.
- Because I need a stress outlet.
I can personally attest to running as a stress management tool. I was a smoker in my twenties. (Yeah, I heard those gasps. Some of you just thought you knew me well.) In the past year, I had some stressful situations. Had I been a smoker, I would’ve reached for a cigarette and chain-smoked my way through it. Instead, I put on my shoes and went for a run. I jokingly once told someone that if it wasn’t for running, I’d be drinking and smoking. Now I’ll admit there are some days when I want to keep running (away), but I always come back.
These reasons seem to be some of the most popular for why someone starts running. If you want to lose weight, improve fitness, accomplish a goal, be less sedentary, or manage stress better, running can be the key. But the reasons for running are as unique and individual as you are.
Take a few minutes, and think of your “why” for wanting to run.