Cheaper Than Therapy: 6 Reasons Why I Run


By Marie

After a long day at work, there’s a need to unwind. Everyone has their niche for what they do to achieve that. Some may take a bubble bath, have a glass of wine, or even just watch Netflix in bed while eating some ice cream. Whatever works.

Sometimes there are those really bad days though that no matter what you do you just can’t get the anger and annoyance out of your system. Sure, you could rant to someone which always does some good because having people side with you after hearing the whole story feels great, but sometimes no one else gets your situation. They can nod along but it’s not the validation you need. This is where running comes in.

We all remember in Legally Blonde how running gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy (which means you can’t have committed the crime of murder… yet) but running does a bit more than that for you. It doesn’t have to be all scientific, although quoting Legally Blonde is fun.

Here are the reasons why I run:

It’s at my own pace.

I control how fast or slow I go. On bad days, I can run quickly to get the anger out of my system. On good days, I can enjoy a slow jog around the block and take in the scenery.

It’s a mind numbing task.

When I run I can try to think about things regarding my life, but in no time I start thinking about my run in regards to where I’m stepping and minding my pace. I don’t have to think about anything other than running so my troubles can melt away.

It’s free.

I don’t have to go out and pay a ridiculous amount of money to have access to a gym in order to run. I can simply throw on my running gear and head outside the house. The neighborhood or nearby park work perfectly as spots to get my run in.

Music is my friend.

Even if running doesn’t magically clear my mind, music will. It goes along with my running pace as well. Fast paced playlists with dance music and pop tend to make me run a bit faster while I can focus on the upbeat rhythm. If I have a slower paced playlist I can stride through my run and enjoy the relaxing sound. When I’m connected to Spotify, the Nike+ Running App even lets me set my running pace time and plays music that has the tempo I need to achieve it.

Sense of accomplishment.

There are many apps that I can download and use to keep track of how many miles I run. Either way, all my running builds up distance and I can see how much I’ve done for the week or even month. I can also keep track of my running times to track the growth and improvement in my runs.

It’s healthy.

The recommendation for physical activity is 30 minutes a day at least three times a week. That’s a pretty small amount of exercise to squeeze into a schedule. By running, I easily knock that out.

Tell Me: Why do you run?

Marie is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty On Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, click HERE

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