On your mark! Get set! Go!
Running. It works wonders for me. Why? Running two miles a day is free and gives me so much:
- A good night’s sleep
- Alleviates my depression and anxiety
- Burns calories (so I don’t have to fuss over treats)
- Boosts my mood
- Helps me concentrate at work
- Lowers my blood pressure
It’s magic. But, only a few years ago I couldn’t take a step without burning pain in my feet and knees. I didn’t know then, but I had a bone infection due to a poorly done root canal. Yikes. Under stress to finish my first book and unable to exercise in any way, I gained weight. Lots and lots. Too much for my little frame. I suffered:
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and depression
- Poor sleep
- Stomach problems
- Lack of concentration
A new dentist discovered my infection and after two rounds of antibiotics, my bones healed. Technically, I was able to run again, but I couldn’t even manage to walk at a steady pace for more than a few minutes. Each day, grateful to have pain-free feet, I pushed a tiny bit more. I walked a little longer, a tad faster, until I was finally able to jog. And then, after a few months, I ran.
And I’ve never looked back.
I don’t think my genetics (Black Sea Germans) were meant to be marathoners, but I enjoy 2.5 miles, sometimes three. At nearly fifty, I stretch before and after my runs to prevent shin splints. And I write my miles on a calendar, a calendar that tracks my monthly goal. My goal for the month varies. Sometimes I aim to move everyday – walk or run or lift weights. Other months, I set a mileage goal.
Experts agree that exercise has fantastic benefits.
Teens that run 30 minutes a week for three weeks in a row saw a reduction in anxiety and depression and better sleep patterns.
This comes from a study found in Runner’s World. For us older people, the effect is similar. We simply need to exercise more days of the week.
Another study showed that running cut the risk of having cancer in half!
And running increases hearing! Yep. Both facts come from this article in the Telegraph.
So, if you’re willing to feel the burn in your lungs for the first couple attempts, I want to encourage you to get out there and move! 🙂 And then share your experience with us here!