Exercise leads to good physical and mental health. One of my favorite exercises is running. I run as often as I can and its impact on my life is positive. Running puts me at ease yet also energizes and motivates me in my pursuits.
There are some people who believe that exercise is not for them. They are not willing to nor interested because they don’t think they can. Below, I have five reasons of why you can and should take up running right now.
You’re In Control
Some forms of exercise require you to depend on a machine. The great thing about running is that you don’t have to depend on a machine. I know there’s the treadmill but there’s also the option of your feet on the pavement outside. You decide the speed then. You’re in control of how you want to move and guess what? You don’t have to be Usain Bolt to be a runner. The little you can do, you do. You can start with small steps. You can power walk. You can jog. Then maybe you might be sprinting. It’s up to you how you want to start and where you’d take it from there.
There’s the Amazing Rush
I’ve lifted weights. I’ve done yoga. I’ve tried cycling but none of them gives me that certain feeling that I get when I run. That “runners high” is freedom. I go further and further. I run past my doubts, fears, anxieties and right into my joy. In the midst of running, I have found peace.
You Start to Glow
Exercise has a positive impact on our appearance. I’ve noticed that it’s done wonders for my skin. I’ve been told several times that my skin glows or that I have nice skin. The secret is not a secret. It’s running and staying hydrated. It gives your skin a nice, healthy appearance.
Wave Your Troubles Goodbye
I’ll always say that exercise for me is dominantly for my emotional well-being. Simply, it makes me feel good. It reduces stress and anxiety. Also, it sharpens my thinking in that I don’t focus on the problems.
It’s a Confidence Booster
I used to have low self-esteem. It’s something I struggled a lot with during my adolescence. I still continue to work on myself. One of the things that has helped me is exercise. It’s running. As I feel good after a run, I feel good about myself. I feel proud that I was able to accomplish a certain speed or time. For me to make the effort to run gives me confidence that I can push myself to do anything.
Photography by: Emeka Ihekweazu
What are your thoughts on running?