Why running is one of the best ways to keep fit…

I’ve been a runner for nearly 6 years now, and not once have I looked back. Although it hasn’t been an easy journey, life as a competitive runner never is. However, it has made me realise how much I just love to run – running at any speed, even for a short 5 minutes, is enjoyable.

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I get asked on a very regular basis “I’d love to get fit and healthy again, where do you recommend I start?” and nearly always, my answer is “Grab a sturdy pair of trainers and some shorts and head out the front door’’. I’m not suggesting that running a marathon tomorrow with no prior training is a good idea because what makes you ‘fit and healthy’ is your lifestyle – in other words what you do on a day-to-day basis.

Running is such a great way to keep fit, and possibly one of the easiest ways there is!

Here’s a few reasons why:

1. Running is cheap. No monthly gym membership required. No up-front joining fee needed. All that you need is a good-fitting pair of running trainers, some kit, and a road, field or park.

2. It is a relatively quick way of getting your heart rate up (depending on how long you run for). Running is one of the biggest calorie torchers there is – a 30 minute run can easily burn over 300 calories, whereas if you were cycling it would take you 3 times as long to have the same effect. This also makes it perfect if you have a busy home life, a short run from home is a lot easier than driving to and from a gym to work out.

3. You can explore somewhere new every time you run. Unlike a gym where you’re likely to stay in the same room every time you go, you can mix up your runs and make sure you go somewhere different every time! Go to a park today, run the roads tomorrow, find a trail next week – one of my favourite quotes is ‘The world is your treadmill, run all over it.’

4. Running is fun!!! Go running with a friend and catch up with them as you go – it’s harder than it looks but it’ll work you harder and keep you more motivated too! If you’ve chosen a park, the views can be stunning, especially this time of year with the Autumn leaves.

There are just a few reasons why running isn’t as bad as it sounds, you never know it might just become your favourite way to get out of the house and get some fresh air!

To keep up with my running adventures and foodie finds, follow me on Instagram @bethheddle_runs or head over to my website: http://www.mudsweattares.weebly.com

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