Has running gone ‘out of fashion’

Has running gone ‘out of fashion’ 

 

Has running gone ‘out of fashion’ 

Holly (my dog!)  took me running this weekend..

Running and walking are a really overlooked way of helping maintain a good weight or lose weight. With new more ‘trendy’ or ‘cool’ ways of exercising always on offer sometimes we forget the simple stuff.   This post was inspired from a friend who said she feels guilty running, like it’s not a ‘good enough’ form of exercise. She went on to say she should be doing a ‘Metabolic conditioning class’ or Kettlebells or she should really be in the gym lifting weights.  At the moment, there seems to be a big emphasis on getting to ‘The latest class’ or having to ‘Lift big’.  Now, I’m not saying weight training and strength training are bad, in fact it’s blooming brilliant for your health and wellbeing. But from a health/ weight loss a run or a walk each day can also do wonders for you waistline, health and mental wellbeing!

The Pros of running and walking….

  1. Its FREE
  2. You can do it at any age or ability level
  3. You can do it at ANYTIME ( yes.. even if you are tired, you’ve got home late,  it’s raining, its cold,  its dark, your gym kit isn’t dry, or you haven’t downloaded the latest running app)
  4. It helps manage stress by normalising cortisol - as does being outside (see article below) 
  5. Its meditative – Running and walking can help you stitch off from the daily stresses of life
  6. You can get into the green – being in nature is amazing for your wellbeing. Check out all of its benefits here! https://www.girlsgonestrong.com/blog/health/vitamin-n-spending-time-in-nature/ 
  7. It’s an easy peezy way to increase your daily energy expenditure and put you in to a small calorie deficit key to maintain and losing weight. Even as little as 10 mins a day will make a big difference!
  8. You can choose when and how long you do it for. Set yourself a goal that is manageable for you,  one that fits your personal schedule.  For some that may be a 10 minute run 3 days a week. For others a 30 min walk once a week. Ideally, for health benefits we need it be doing at least 30mins of planned physical activity a day. 
  9. You can do it at your own pace and track your own progression.
  10. You can do it with friends (or your dog) If you want a fury running partner you can sign up tohttps://www.borrowmydoggy.com/ 
  11. You can combine it with something else you love – listen to a pod cast or your favourite album, or audio book - http://www.audible.co.uk/

Get out this week for a little run or walk, I ensure you it will do wonders for your wellbeing!