Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.
– Oprah Winfrey
Isn’t this picture relaxing? It’s often my home away from home. The TRACK! I have been a runner since the 8th grade. I credit my track days to helping me to lose a lot of my weight AND stress. In addition, I must also thank my sister, Ashley, for encouraging me to join the track team (if she did it, I wanted to do it too.) I wanted to write this blog to acknowledge that if you are stuck in a rut and trying to lose weight, running is a sure fire way to drop those unwanted pounds. Not a runner? Don’t worry, I have something for you too!
Since, I have been running for most of my life, it’s not very hard for me to get back into running if I have not done so in a while; but I can remember how difficult it was when I first began, including the pain and soreness that comes with it as you condition your body and increase your endurance. On the other hand, I also remember the high I felt from accomplishing a workout or race and being able to run for a longer period of time without becoming winded and needing to stop.
I’ve done my research and found a few workout plans for those who have never ran in their life to those who run everyday, all day (click on the links below).
Beginner Runner Workout: Terrified of running? Telling yourself that you can’t do it? Trust me, if I can, you can! Here is a great 8-week beginner’s workout that will get your closer to becoming a runner in no time: I’m ready to begin!
Intermediate Runner Workout: Even with all of my years of running, I would still consider myself an intermediate runner. I love to run because it’s a stress reliever, but sometimes I need to switch it up! Here’s workout for those who are like me: Let’s keep it going!
Expert Runner Workout: So you’ve been working out forever and have a love for running obstacles and 10Ks. Here is a list of 10 great workouts that can help you spice up your running! : Spice up the workout!
At the end of the day, know your body! If you are not a runner for specific health reasons, then try a different route. Walking or even exercise equipment such as the elliptical can serve as a great alternative and can be less impactful on the knee area (a common reason some people are unable to run).
Ready, Set, Go!
MY CHOICE: To incorporate some kind of running into my workouts!
YOUR CHALLENGE: Give running a try! It’s a great way to relieve stress and whip yourself into shape FAST!
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