About 2 months ago I decided to start running again, just for the heck of it. The benefits and lessons learnt from running however has left me wondering why i didn’t start running sooner. Without too much boring information here are a few lessons and benefits. These are strictly personal and your milage may vary.
I can achieve anything: If you are ever in a place where you feel burnt out, or like you haven’t been able to accomplish a lot in a day or week.You should definitely give running a shot.
My very first run was a 5k (I know). I just wanted to run and see how far i can go. And I did it. Ever since, I’ve maintained this milage and often double it from time to time.
Consistency is key: The first time i ever doubled my milage, I honestly did not feel like running. But I pushed myself anyway. Honestly, as humans, there are times when we don’t feel like doing anything. But like any habit that we pickup over time, the key is consistency.
Improved heart-rate: I’ve had a Fitbit for over a year now, sitting in the drawer collecting dust. I picked this bad boy up about a week before i finally committed to running. Being an ex-smoker trying to live healthy, what I noticed was a steady loss of about 20 points in resting heart rate. From about 72bpm (resting) to an average of 49-52 bpm (resting), over the course of 2 months.
I don’t care what you think, that is actually impressive for me.
Quit Smoking: The desire to maintain a healthy resting heart rate and be able to improve my running pace, has been a motivation to quit smoking. I’ve not felt this healthy for years.
Improved core strength and Endurance: Climbing stairs had always felt like a chore. For instance, going up all 3 flights of stairs of my house often leaves me winded. But now, I can just go up and down when i forget stuff upstairs and still have good control of my breath.
Meditation: Breath control is a core part of meditation, as well as awareness. These are the two things running would teach you. Otherwise your workout routine would be all over the place. Transferring lessons learnt running, means my meditation sessions have gotten better.
TL;DR; If you aspire to run, get moving. It hurts at first, but with consistency the benefits far outweigh the hurt.