Recreational running is running for fun. You still get all of the health benefits and exercise, but you go at a more relaxed pace.
It is not as intense as training for a race or a marathon. The majority of runners start as recreational runners.
The hardest part about running is actually getting started.
People know they should exercise. Everyone knows you have to take care of your body.
Unfortunately, knowing is not enough. You have get off the
couch and start doing.
Running is easy, fun and free. All you need is motivation. Having a running buddy or joining a running group helps give you the inspiration you need to keep going.
It is also safer
to run with other people than running alone. If you have a dog, then you
have all the motivation and companionship you need. Exercise is just as
important for dogs as it is for people.
Being healthy makes you feel great. A healthy diet and regular
exercise program keeps you healthy inside and out. Running is a fabulous
way to stay healthy and fight off a variety of diseases.
Running keeps your heart healthy. Any cardio workout is good for your heart, but most aren't as much fun as recreational running. It strengthens your heart muscle so that the blood and oxygen can flow smoothly through your body.
A strong heart and proper blood flow helps prevent
heart attacks and blood clots. Regular running may also help keep your
blood pressure at healthy levels.
Running helps keep your cholesterol in check. When you run, good cholesterol (HDL) levels increase and bad cholesterol (LDL) levels decrease. This drastically reduces your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Your lungs are strengthened when you run regularly, thereby improving your breathing and reducing the risk of lung problems.
However, for the maximum benefits you have to use a special breathing technique.
The correct way to breathe when you run is deep breaths from way down in your belly. This forces your lungs to work to their fullest potential and expand their capacity. Running is a great way for former smokers to recover some of the lung capacity they lost during their years of smoking.
Although running is a high-impact sport, when done correctly with a proper warm up and good stretching exercises after wards, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing osteoarthritis when you get older.
The strain you put on your joints when you run actually helps to keep bones healthier and increases cell production.
Running tears tendons and muscles away from the bone. As bad as that sounds, it's actually a good thing. This forces your body to produce strong healthy bone cells and keeps your joints strong.
Running also strengthens your immune system. People that run regularly have fewer colds, less allergies and generally enjoy better health all around. Studies show that recreational runners experienced less illnesses after they starting running than they did before.
Exercise helps you sleep better. Runners tend to fall asleep faster and enjoy a deep relaxing sleep all night through. No tossing and turning or waking up every few hours.
This helps you in everything you do. You have more energy throughout the day and are able to think much clearer. You will also have the extra energy you need to keep up with your running program.
Vitamins, minerals and fresh water are also important elements for good health. You have to keep your body well nourished and hydrated.
drinks and protein shakes provide a pleasant change from plain water,
but stay away from sweet carbonated drinks. They will do more harm to
your body than good.
Recreational running is supposed to be fun, so if you feel pain or over tired, stop. Take frequent breaks – have a drink or protein bar and continue on your run when you feel better.
If the pain is sharp or intense, don't continue. You may have pulled or strained a muscle.