Why do we run?
Running, It's painful, time consuming and physically exhausting.
So, why do so many of us run? People run for many reasons. Most often, people run to stay in shape and to reach an ideal body weight. I took up running to reduce stress and to improve my overall health. Studies show that a combination of diet and exercise is the most effective way to lose weight. I read somewhere the average runner burns approximately 100 calories per mile. With more up side than down, I decided to give it a try, before I knew it I had run 13 Marathons, lord knows how many 5 and 10 K races, I decided to join a local running club and found myself addicted to the sport. I've met some really good people and life long friends, it has been so rewarding for me. It's relatively inexpensive, all you need is a decent pair of sneakers, some comfortable running shorts and a little determination, and anyone can do it!
Some runners view their running as a remedy. I personally view it as a motivation tool and a stress reliever. Whenever I need a boost, all I need to do is put on my running shoes and off I go. The psychological benefits far outweigh the physical. It Probably has something to do with those "endorphins" the brain creates when you run. In fact, some doctors use running as a treatment for depression. However, that may be true for other exercise programs as well.