quarta-feira, janeiro 24, 2007

Why do we Run?

I keep asking why do we Run? Today in the park and even with temperatures almost below zero I saw many people running, some of them even pushing at the same time they're babies in the cars. We run not only to improve our physical health, or to lose weight and keep fitted, but also because the psychological benefits. In a time where stress is one of the most commons healthy problems it seems Run is one of the best treatments. Whether by allowing you the time to think about life's problems or time to escape them for awhile, tension easily flies by the wayside as you fly over the miles. Distance runs are great for solving problems that are nagging at you. What better than a 3 hour run all by yourself to clear your mind and allow you to pin down an answer? Speed runs are great for tearing through aggression and anger. Focus all that emotion into a few sprints and you'll feel better in no time.
Running also builds confidence like few other individual sports can. It allows the runner to defeat trial after trial, growing stronger and more sure of themselves with each foot strike. It allows you to truly climb hills and clear obstacles. It provides a feeling of empowerment and freedom that comes with knowing that your legs and body are strong and capable. Confidence is even more a product of running for those who lose weight and gain a better self-image through running. As you can see, the benefits of jogging affect the health of your body and your mind and I guess I will also start running one of this days.

© Miguel A. Lopes

© Miguel A.Lopes

© Miguel A. Lopes

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