Hello readers! Hope you have all been keeping well since I last wrote. Today I want to talk about running.
Running does receive a lot of conflicting viewpoints. Some people say it is bad for you because of the high impact, and then the other view is that it is a great exercise, free and can be done anywhere.
I personally am in the latter camp. I started running about 2 or 3 months ago seriously, and for me healthy running is all about how you approach it. Firstly I would recommend proper shoes. Of course what you wear is going to make a difference to the impact placed on your body. Secondly duration is also another key factor, I started off running everyday but then spoke to my local Chiropractor Nick Laurie, and his tip was to run every second day to allow the body time to recover/rest in between runs. So at the moment I run every other day for half an hour each time. I also work hills into my run, as they are a good work out, and also less impact than a flat road. I paid attention to my Chiropractor’s words as he has completed numerous marathons, and just recently flew to New York to complete the New York marathon, he is an impressive man! Also the fact that I get a weekly adjustment puts me in good stead to be kept safe whilst running.
I would have thought a good accompaniment to running would include taking care of your joints, and for me this includes taking a daily dose of omega 3′s in fish oil form. I think information has already been written just recently in the blog about the importance of these.
Anyway I find running incredibly therapeutic and always manage to feel fantastic when I get home, after which I do some gentle stretches to warm down.
Music also plays a large role in my workout, and it’s fascinating how much easier running or any other exercise is with the aid of music. I love running down the street with a great tune to move along to. Any negative emotions quickly dissipate for me after a run and good music, which is another positive reason to get out there on the streets, or wherever you can find a good running spot.
I like how running also gives my skin that post workout glow, and I did read some research awhile back saying how exercise increases the speed of wound healing, it makes sense really considering oxygenated blood is being pumped faster round the body and in turn transferring vital nutrients to the skin and the rest of the body, so if you are a teenager wanting to heal your skin quicker, it’s another great reason to get your running shoes on.
So anyway, I have become a huge fan of running and enjoy each time I step out of the house and get moving!
Until next time,