Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
In just a few weeks, on June 1, runners around the country will join together to celebrate National Running Day. Whether or not you’re a runner today, I encourage you to consider joining in the festivities! One of the great things about running is that it’s such an accessible form of exercise. Very little equipment is needed, and unless you live in an extremely dense urban environment, you don’t even need a gym or treadmill to run. You can enjoy running anywhere!
An infographic from HuffPost Healthy Living gives us a little insight into the identity of the “average” runner…
- 78% are college educated
- Over 80% run 12 months a year
- Three out of four run to stay in shape
- The average male runner weighs 171 lbs. The average female runner weighs 136 lbs.
- Most runners go through about three pairs of running shoes per year.
Health Benefits of Running
There are so many health benefits (physical, mental, and emotional) associated with running. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Running releases endorphins–a feeling often called the “runner’s high.” Endorphins trigger positive feelings and help reduce stress.
- Running is a weight-bearing exercise. As such, it can build muscle mass.
- Running can prevent disease. Studies have shown a positive correlation between running and reduced risk of breast cancer, stroke, and other diseases.
- By setting goals and meeting them through running, you boost your self-esteem, improving your sense of self-worth and accomplishment.
New to Running? Here’s How You Can Get Started…
If you’ve never considered yourself a “runner,” or worry that you don’t exactly match up with the “average” runner, relax. You can do it! Assuming you have your physician’s approval to participate in cardiovascular activity, take a look at this blog post from March: “How to Become a Runner… and Stay Committed to Your Goal!”
- Prioritize running in your schedule.
- Set personal goals.
- Think of running as medicine.
Ask Your Houston Sports Doctor For Running Suggestions!
Have more questions? I always enjoy discussing running with my patients. Feel free to bring your questions with you to your next appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. Schedule by calling (713) 756-5546 or going online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.