Hello, this is Pooh.
This time, I would like to write about the benefits of running.
I enjoy thinking about money and engage in various activities, but I also prioritize maintaining good health.
In particular, I make sure to go for a run every weekend on my day off.
— ぷーさん (@poohfinance) March 6, 2023
When I talk about my love for running, I often get asked, “Why do you run?”
Running is often perceived as simply tiring, isn’t it?
The reason I run is simply because there are numerous benefits to it.
In fact, I’m inclined to ask in return, “Why don’t you run?”
In this article, I will introduce the benefits of running as I see them.
By the end of the article, you may understand the effectiveness of running and feel the urge to go for a run right away.
The Benefits of Running① Body Strengthening
One of the benefits of running is body strengthening.
Running not only helps improve leg muscle strength but also contributes to the enhancement of the respiratory system.
As humans age, muscle strength gradually decreases.
In particular, a decline in leg muscle strength is associated with an increased risk of immobility and other health issues.
However, individuals who maintain an exercise routine can preserve their muscle strength.
Moreover, it is said that those who have previously trained their muscles can regain strength more quickly when they resume exercising, even after a period of inactivity.
By developing habits such as running now, you can not only strengthen your current physical condition but also extend your healthy lifespan.
The Benefits of Running② Mental Stability
The second benefit of running is mental stability.
Running can be a challenging exercise depending on the pace and distance.
During times of accumulated stress or when facing worries, I encourage you to set target times or distances and try a slightly more intense running session.
While running, you may experience difficulties and fatigue, but upon completing the run, you will be able to savor a sense of achievement.
During the run, the hardships and tiredness occupy your mind, causing previous stress and worries to recede.
Moreover, the significant sense of accomplishment after finishing the run can alleviate stress and concerns.
As you become accustomed to running, you will also find yourself more at ease during the run.
When you can enjoy the weather, scenery, or your favorite music while running, it will give rise to a more positive mindset.
Continuing with running not only reduces unnecessary stress but also fosters a more positive way of thinking, making it conducive to maintaining stability in both mind and body.
The Benefits of Running③ Increased Motivation for Challenges
The third benefit of running is the heightened motivation for challenges.
Running stimulates a sense of challenge and ambition.
Marathon-related events are popularly held throughout the country.
From 5km and 10km races to half marathons, full marathons, ultra marathons, triathlons, and other demanding races, marathons offer a variety of options suitable for beginners and those seeking extreme challenges.
Running is a sport where everyone can improve their performance through consistent practice.
Gradually, you will find yourself setting higher goals such as “I might be able to take on a half marathon,” “I might attempt a full marathon this year,” “I’m aiming for a sub-4-hour finish,” or even “I’m aiming for a sub-3-hour finish.”
Running not only stimulates the motivation to challenge yourself but also has positive impacts on your daily life, such as work and personal goals.
With running events taking place nationwide, I encourage you to take the opportunity to participate and challenge yourself.
The Benefits of Running④ Cost-Effective
The fourth benefit of running is its affordability.
Running not only brings positive effects to your physical and mental well-being but also requires relatively low costs.
The essentials for running are suitable clothing and shoes.
You don’t necessarily need specialized running apparel. Comfortable and breathable sportswear, T-shirts, and shorts are sufficient.
The most significant investment will be in running shoes, but even with a budget of around 10,000 yen, you can purchase highly functional shoes.
Furthermore, running can be done anywhere, so there is no need to pay for the use of running tracks or courses.
Taking all factors into account, running can be considered a sport with excellent cost performance.
By the way, the series of shoes I am currently using is the Adizero Boston.
It was with this series that I completed my first full marathon. They are designed to suit Japanese runners, and they are lightweight with excellent cushioning.
These shoes are extremely comfortable to run in, significantly reducing foot pain and eliminating knee discomfort.
Keep in mind that different shoe manufacturers have variations in sizing and width, so it’s important to try them on and ensure the right fit before making a purchase.
The benefits of running include physical strengthening, mental stability, increased motivation for challenges, and cost-effectiveness.
- Running strengthens leg muscles and respiratory systems, helping to maintain muscle mass and extend the healthy lifespan.
- It also reduces stress and provides a mental refreshment, leading to a sense of achievement and positive thinking.
- Running encourages individuals to set goals and challenge their limits, with various marathons and events available for participation.
- Moreover, running has low costs, requiring only appropriate attire and shoes, which can be purchased at a reasonable price.
Personally, although I do not have a background in track and field, I have incorporated running into my life as a vital activity.
While words may not fully convey the experience, running has become an indispensable part of my life.
I recommend trying it for at least three months, even if it’s just once a week, as it can bring about significant changes in both mind and body.
Thank you for reading until the end.