5 things I have learned when started to run every day
One day I realized that I need to move if I want to live. Not so much dramatic as you could think but still. I’m working as product designer & entrepreneur and almost 8 hours per day I’m sitting on a chair and working on my tasks.
This rhythm of life is very unhealthy. So I started to do exercises and run every day.
Note: if you want to start running — the best time for this is NOW! Why? Because tomorrow you will forget about this or you will find more interesting tasks than this.
So let’s go forward to that 5 things I have learned:
- Running is healthy. When you run — you become healthy. Your blood becomes full of oxygen and your brain starts working faster and more efficient. Also, you will burn a lot of calories. This exercise has a very cool bonus — your body still burning calories when you stop. Studies have shown that regular exercise boosts “afterburn” — that is, the number of calories you burn after exercise. (Scientists call this EPOC, which stands for excess post oxygen consumption.)
- Running is motivating. You know that story about lion and antelope? The major thought is: every day in the morning somewhere in the jungles antelope wake up. And she needs to run, to not to be eaten by the lion. At the same time somewhere in the jungles lion wakes up. And he needs to run to not to die hungry. No matter who you are — a lion or an antelope. When the sun is rising — you need to run.
This is it. When you’re running — you are alive. It gives an opportunity to not give up.
- Running is fun. Especially if you run with friends. I use Nike+ app to count my results and share it with friends. I started running this winter and when the snow falls — I didn’t stop. Why? Because it’s really fun to run on snow and feel cold on your cheeks.
- Running gives you more time. One my good friend said once: if you have no time — get more tasks. Here is his small story.
I was a good scholar and have a very small time for myself. Once my good friend asks me if I want to go to the gym with him. I said that I have no time for this and bla-bla-bla. He tries few days after and I decided to try. And… it’s fairytale! It happened! I started to make to-do lists, plan my day. I what I found — I have enough time to do everything.
Now we together working with week planning, set goals and achieve it. The major thought is — it really works.
- Running is inspiring. You running through the streets and see people’s, buildings, trees. You get inspired by them. This helps you to generate fresh thoughts and ideas. Also, when you running alone it helps you to deep inside your spirit and realize some important things on your life.
I love to achieve goals that I set for myself, and also like to make challenges. Running for me is a challenge, because I have never run before. It was hard for me not to run but to make it every day (or almost every day, to develop regularity). And for me, the best way to have no chance to give up is to set your goal on public.
So with this post I’m setting my goal — I need to run at least 3 times on week. An approval for this goal will be my instagram posts from running sessions. You can follow me to check if I’m doing well.
Without a challenge life is fucking boring.