Benefits of Running for Beginners

Hannah McNamee
Hannah McNamee
November 5, 2018

Recently, I adopted a healthier lifestyle; focusing on my diet and getting more exercise. As a part of a fitness camp I joined, I am now required to run (a lot) along with taking fitness classes. I can safely say that prior to this newly adopted lifestyle, I had not run in years – maybe for the bus a couple of times but not regularly.  

After a rough start, I started to see the benefits of running and why runners actually choose to run in the freezing rain. All of a sudden, I am now a spokesperson/advocator for running which I never imagined I would be. But, it’s great to surprise yourself sometimes.

Here are some of the benefits I have experienced so far!

Runner’s High

Ah yes – the “runner’s high“! If you have not heard of it, it’s a sense of euphoria runners get from running or doing any form of cardio! This euphoria can relieve stress and anxiety as you’re forcing your body to exert excess energy and hormones. So, if you’re having a bad day or if you’re tired after work, the best thing you can do is get your running runners on and hit the streets! It’s amazing what running for 20 minutes can do for your mood! You’re essentially running away from your problems!

Healthy Lungs

Great news for asthma sufferers like me! Running improves your lung capacity and strengthens your respiratory muscles. It may be difficult at the beginning to regulate your breathing but the trick is to not give up! With more practice and patience, your breathing will regulate and you’ll find yourself running longer and faster! You’ll be wondering why you didn’t start sooner. Find tips for running with asthma here.

Lose or Maintain Weight

This is an obvious one. But, you won’t lose weight by running sporadically. When you have a routine in place, a route and you’re consistent, you will see some really great results. You don’t need to buy a crazy gym membership to lose weight. The streets are your oyster! Find tips for running to lose weight here.

Two dogs accompanied my run in Portmagee, Kerry

Tips

Although the benefits are great, it is important to note how to start running properly (Find some great tips here). It is not advisable to just start running the streets without preparing. You could potentially injure yourself which will leave you on rest for weeks!

Prior to starting my fitness camp, I visited my GP and did a lot of research to make sure I wasn’t going to die considering I did not exercise regularly. Take your time and don’t be intimidated by the runners who can run 6kms with an average pace of 2 minutes!

Hannah McNamee - SoolNua
Hannah McNamee – SoolNua

If you have any running tips or know of any (easy) marathons I could potentially work towards, please contact me at [email protected].

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