Skipping the Snooze for Running Shoes

 

Some days I wake up looking forward to a great run, to get outside while letting my legs, lungs and mind set free. I want to feel all my senses awaken. These days I feel lost in my run and transformed by the end. I always feel relieved from stress, energized and accomplished from what my legs and lungs just did. 

 

On the easy running days, I feel like I could run forever. These are the days I can log some serious miles. The wind at my face, the challenge of hills and the altering terrain always makes for a good day. Not every day is an easy running day. There are days where I just don’t have it from the start. The days when you debate on not running. On the days you are lacking motivation and need that extra push, let me tell you what gets me going and helps me to accomplish miles with smiles!

 

Retraining your outlook can be just what you need to get you out on your run. Accomplishments are all about perspective.

 

 Better Than a Cup of Coffee

 

Sure, sleeping in feels great but you usually wake up still feeling lethargic and needing to gradually get going. Setting the alarm early to get out for a run is seriously the best way to wake your body up and give you a surge of energy. 

 

This is better than any cup of coffee and I guarantee this energy booster will transform your day more than caffeine. As a personal trainer for well over a decade, I find the morning exerciser to be those most likely to stay on track to their goals. Why? Because it is rare to have something come up in the middle of your 5 am run—what else would you have to do at that time? So, it is easier to make this time commitment and stick with it!

 

Lift Your Mood

 

There is a reason runners have a permanent smile, when life just seems to go their way. It’s not just a patch of good luck or super genetics. This is because of the surge of endorphins that your brain releases when you run.

 

These “happy chemicals” help you to loosen and lighten up. By the end of you run, your mood is lifted. It is no wonder that runners have a lesser likelihood of depression

 

My family is a witness of the happiness running brings me daily. This is one of the many reasons I run regularly—along with the health benefits. So, lace up your shoes, go for a run and lighten up!

 

Live Longer

 

Runners live longer because they choose to better the health. Runners also usually are at a healthier weight and have a stronger heart because of their regular exercise, which pumps the heart muscle. It is amazing what a regular cardio routine can do in strengthening your heart.  A runner’s continual strides help them to them to make strides to age longevity.

 

Remember More

 

Running lowers your risk of Alzheimer’s and other memory-related illnesses. You can sharpen your mind by pushing yourself for a regular run. Studies have shown just how tremendous running is for your mental health. So, skip the forgetfulness and get out for a routine of running. You live the life you choose to live by the choices you make daily. Be proactive and start running!

 

Look Better

 

It’s incredible to see what a difference running can make in the way your clothes fit. Running will always make you look better. This is because your spine flexes with every pounding of the pavement, which as a result targets your core. Your newfound confidence will help you to change the world with your positivity and kindness.

 

Never Regret It

 

“I wish I didn’t run today”—said no runner ever! You will never regret a workout because this is something you conquered and for this reason you can relish in the way it makes you feel.

 

Sometimes the hardest part is pushing yourself out the door for a run but once you do, you will be so glad that you did! 

 

This is just why even on the days when I am exhausted I still push myself for a run. My body thanks me with an extra spring in my step!

 

So, remember all this the next time you are deciding on whether you should run. There are so many wonderful reasons to get out for a run, which will you choose?

 

Tara

Tara Zimliki is a nationally recognized weight loss expert, personal trainer, health coach, health writer and founder of Tara’s Bootcamp, the Premiere Bootcamp of New Jersey. Tara also runs her own blog, funfitmama.com