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Run for Your Life!
Discover the Health and Fitness Benefits of Running
By Dan Goldstein
During the holidays, it's easy to overindulge. A cookie here, some candy there, and who has time to work out with all of the demands of the season? Suddenly it's January, and our clothes aren't fitting the way they used to. What should we do? Well, why not run away from the problem? Literally!
Running is one of the most practical and effective ways to exercise. Nearly anyone can benefit from it. Running burns calories like crazy and costs very little money. In addition, you can run almost anywhere and at any time. Let me tell you how I got into running 13 years ago and why you may want to the same!
Slow but Steady
I had never run competitively, but, being a goal-oriented person, I laced up my sneakers the very next day and decided to start training. At a not-so-lean 170 pounds, I made it only a few blocks before my joints gave out. Needless to say, I had to walk back home. The next day, I went out again and made it one block further. As the days went by, I continued to lace up those shoes and was gradually able to run for longer distances and longer periods of time.
Within a month, I noticed that while I was hungrier and eating much more than I used to, my pants were literally falling off. Running just an hour or two per week was melting pounds off my body, and it felt really good. Within three months, I was down to 145 pounds.
Stop Dieting - Just Lace up Those Shoes!!
I didn't start off with a top notch pair of shoes when I began running. In hindsight though, it would have been helpful. Take the time to find a store near you that specializes in running shoes, and ask a professional to help you determine which shoe is best for your particular foot type. Road Runner Sports and Fleet Feet are two popular running specialty retailers. You may pay a little more at a specialty store, but it is worth it to get the right shoe and the right fit.
Where Do I Run?
As far as terrain, the softer the pavement, the less wear and tear it will be on your body. Dirt trails are the best, and asphalt is softer than cement sidewalks. If you run on surface streets, be sure to run facing traffic, and try to find streets where traffic is lighter. If you have to run at night, be sure to wear a reflective vest. If you're planning on traveling, then by all means pack your running gear for the trip!
Make a commitment! Find a local 5K race three months away (two sources for locating one are Runner's World and Running Times Magazines). Placing a local fun run on the calendar will provide you with another reason to train regularly. Find a local running group. Run at lunchtime. Make some running friends. Whatever it takes to make running a part of your life, just do it!
Listen to Your Body and Your Doctor
Walk if You Don't Run
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
Running gets your heart going and makes you sweat, so be sure to drink enough water and other fluids throughout the day. Should runners drink beer and other alcoholic drinks? Moderation is key, which means have a drink if you enjoy it!
Run for Fun
So go on, get out there, don't procrastinate! Time to start running…for life!
Dan Goldstein, CFO of LoanToolbox, is a former 2:35 marathon runner based in Westlake Village, California. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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