We all know that running makes you thinner, stronger, and all-around healthier, but the benefits of running even go beyond health. Here are 10 other reasons you may want to start running:
- Meet good-looking people. If you’re single, running is a great way to meet others. It’s no secret that running does a body good. In addition, the active, motivated mindset of runners usually correlates positively with intelligence and other desirable traits. (And remember: “Stamina on the track means stamina in the sack.”;)
- Create “Me” time. Although running with partners is usually great, individual runs can be a perfect to escape from the world. Running enables you to leave your cell phone, chores, and worries behind while you simply enjoy the fresh air of the great outdoors.
- Achieve goals. Running is often about setting a challenge for yourself and working consistently and earnestly to achieve it. Learning this behavior is very useful in the rest of life.
- Develop friends. Running with others is usually one of the best ways to train. When you spend several hours a week sweating with someone you tend to become good friends. You share stories, experience triumphs and defeats, and really get to know each other. Running with a spouse or loved one is also a great relationship builder.
- Become smarter. Modern research indicates that regular exercise leads to increased intelligence (see this book). The stamina built by running is very useful for tough mental tasks as well.
- Set a good example. Many of my friends have started running or walking because they’ve seen my weight loss and energy gain over the years. My 8-year-old daughter thinks that everyone exercises an hour a day because her Mom and Dad run. She even asks me to go on walks with her sometimes, providing both exercise and valuable time together.
- Destroy obstacles. Once you’ve been through a long race, such as a marathon, any of the other obstacles in your life just don’t look so difficult any more.
- Clear your mind. For many people, running provides a release. It gives you plenty of distraction-free time to organize your thoughts and come up with solutions. Regular exercisers find mild excursion tremendously refreshing, both physically and mentally.
- Build self-confidence. Getting in shape, knowing you’re healthy, and achieving goals all make you feel incredible. It doesn’t hurt either when other people tell you that you look fit.
- Someone is chasing you.
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