Why do people enjoy running?

Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”– Oprah Winfrey

For many people, running in the morning is a way of accomplishing their first task of the day. They may not want to do it, but they put on their running shoes and take one step at a time. And once this feat is accomplished, they feel like they are ready for the challenges of the day.

People start running for a variety of reasons. Some run because they want to clear their head, improve their health, compete in races, or try something new. Running can give you an almost indescribable feeling of accomplishment and can also provide a powerful release as it helps to clear the mind and reduces stress.

Running can be considered as pure therapy for the soul – it soothes a troubled mind. If there’s a problem you are struggling with, go for run and see what happens! While running may not help you to solve all your problems, it can help you through the tough times of life.

“Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going.”– Unknown

There are some people who struggle with the thought of running, like me for example!  They consider having to run for half an hour an exhausting exercise. For them, running is a punishment! However, in these circumstances, they should start with five minutes and they would be surprised at how much they will build up over time!

There are also some people who hate to exercise just for the sake of exercising, but with running, they can train for a goal, like running a special race or a marathon. And having a goal improves their motivation to run.

 Running may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it does have its benefits.

Anyone who can walk can run. You don’t need any special skills or to be in the greatest of physical condition like so many other team sports require.  All it takes is to put one foot in front of the other and to have the willingness to keep going forward.

“Running is about finding your inner peace and so is a life well lived” – Dean Karnazes

Some runners enjoy the quiet and solitude of running on their own, but others see running time as a social opportunity. People set up running groups within their locality, which is a great way to develop a sense of community and meet likeminded people.

They set goals and accomplish them together, motivating each other to keep running. Some runners also share advice and motivation with other runners in online forums or through social media.

Running can also be used to contribute to society. Many races benefit charities, and some charities offer race training in exchange for fund-raising. Check out the charities in your area and sign up for their charity runs.

Running for something that’s bigger than yourself is a great way to stay motivated, to keep training and can make your races even more meaningful and fulfilling.

“Every run is a work of art, a drawing on each day’s canvas. Some runs are shouts and some runs are whispers. Some runs are eulogies and others’ celebrations.” –  Dagny Scott Barrio

Running—as with many forms of exercise—is a great cure for stress, emotional strain, and even mild depression.

So, why don’t you relieve some stress today and go for a run – you might be surprised what it can do for you!

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