Since The Dawn of Man

Since man has walked the earth he has also ran on it. Historians have discovered that early man used endurance running to hunt and kill large animals, stalking the prey until it was too tired to run anymore. Even when humans stopped hunting and gathering and settled down into a more sedentary lifestyle, there was still a desire to run. In ancient Greece, footraces were common competitions, taking place to see who was the fastest and who could outlast the other. Running borne out of competition would start the Olympics, an event still held today. Running in the United States didn’t really pick up until the 1970’s, when the “running revolution” took place, and people started seeing running as a recreational form of exercise, one that was fun and had numerous health benefits. Fast forward to 2011 and running has truly made a mark on American society. Running is as popular as ever, with marathons, half marathons, 10 mile runs, 10k’s, and 5k’s taking place in nearly every city in America. Marathons such as the Boston Marathon, the New York Marathon, and the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth Minnesota, attract thousands of runners from across the world each year.

            Just Run

            If you are new to running, it should be taken slowly at first to allow your body time to get used to the new stress placed upon it. As with anything in life, there are risks of injuries, which can be overuse or acute injuries. If you take it slow and set goals most of these problems will be avoided. One good thing about running is that you can do it anywhere. On a treadmill, around a lake, on streets (watch out for cars), gravel paths, dirt paths, through the country, just be careful of any hazards that may present themselves. A great stress reliever can be just going for a run and looking at the scenery, and truly connecting with nature, which can’t be done in a car or bus. Another thing of note is to get a good pair of running shoes. Good running shoes can prevent all types of injuries. A good place to go would be a store that specializes in running shoes, so that you can get the proper shoe for your needs.

            Health Benefits

            Running, as with any form of exercise, can make you look better, feel better, have more energy, lose fat, gain confidence, reduce the chance of getting certain diseases, improve mood, strengthen muscles and bones, gain muscle, and can help you live a long and healthy life. Running is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It is recommended that we should get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily, and running is just one of many great forms of exercise. Running, coupled with a healthy, well balanced diet, can truly help you reap the rewards of good overall health. A lot of people opt for fad diets, surgery, or any other number of gimmicks when trying to lose weight, when the most effective thing you can do is just exercise and eat right. It may seem intimidating at first, but if you set your mind to it you can do it.

            Do Your Homework

These are just some of the basics when it comes to running. Tons of information can be found over the internet on running and getting informed is one of the most important things you can do. There are also a lot of books and magazines in running which can be found in libraries and bookstores. Remember, Humans were not meant to sit on the couch and watch television for five hours. The human body was made to move, and early humans used this mechanism to survive. With obesity skyrocketing and Americans getting fatter by the year, running is truly a breath of fresh air in society. If you want all the benefits that come with exercise, what are you waiting for? Get out there and run!