Tuesday, March 25, 2014

5 Reasons to Run

It is snowing today, like accumulation of 1-3 inches snowing. Unfortunately this weather is bringing my spirits down too, I mean, there one can only handle so many pictures of a snow-covered rotunda in March!
That being said, this snow is not going to change when beach week happens or the fact that I am not confident traipsing around in a bikini right now. Since that's still the case and I am pretty sure I am not alone in this (aka I've already had countless conversations about this topic with friends and sorority sisters), I am going to start a bit of a Project Fit campaign for myself because those two half marathons aren't going to run themselves! My exercise routine is going to focus primarily on running, but I will add in other exercises as well so that the plan is more well-rounded.
I am focusing on running because I do want to run two half marathons by October, and also because there are so many benefits to running!
ONE: Strong Muscles
There is no doubt that running is a great workout. This is especially helpful if the area of your body that you aren't comfortable with is your lower half (like me!). If you run outdoors, work towards getting to a point where you embrace running hills!
TWO: Weight Loss
You will absolutely shed some weight when you run. However, if the scale doesn't always reflect this, don't worry. Look in the mirror! As you get in better shape, the fat will turn into muscle and we all know that muscle is denser (weighs more) than fat!

THREE: Disease Prevention
Running brings down your blood flood, makes your heart healthier, boosts your immune system, and can even reduce your chance of some cancers. It's sort of like a jumpstart for your body that is 100% natural and healthy

FOUR: Stress Relief
Exercise releases endorphins, Elle Woods taught us that. Going for a run can help relieve stress and put you in a better mood. If you've ever gone for a good run, I am sure you've felt a "runner's high," that euphoric feeling that comes after a run. I know, it sounds weird, but it's a real thing and it becomes addicting.
FIVE: Time To Think
I love running because I get to clear my head, listen to music and just be lost in myself. I have always preferred running alone, though I enjoy running with friends too. If you're someone who is busy all the time, scheduling in 45 minutes to go for a run can provide you with a nice break from hectic life and it will help relieve stress, it's a win-win!

Who else is getting in shape this Spring? I'd love to know what y'all are doing so I can keep up with your journey, too!



  1. This is just what I needed to see right now! With the snow outside, the last thing I want to do is run on the treadmill when I get off of work. But I'm going to suck it up, put on my parka, and hike to the gym!

  2. Thanks for some motivation! Focusing on the benefits always makes things a little bit easier for me. I tend to go in bursts of being totally into running where I find it super easy to keep motivated and then suddenly I hit a lull that lasts weeks (usually months, let's be honest).

    The last few weeks I've been maintaining a running and toning exercise schedule that seems to be working with my lifestyle. It's not too intense so I'm hoping I keep it up!

    Sweet Spontaneity