I see it on the news, hear it on the streets, and I wonder what historical event or inspirational person brought about this May celebration. Well after a bit more research it appears that all this hype may have been a clever marketing campaign by Dick’s Sporting Goods.
…but at least it’s a marketing campaign with a cause. Dick’s Sporting Goods did join Team Fox to raise awareness & funds for Parkinson’s disease. There are ten official races you can participate in if you like, (for more on this click this link )
But even if you can’t get to one of the 10 official races (or the idea of a race is not enticing to you) you can still take this opportunity as a nudge to get out there and jog. Now, you don’t have to run a 26.2 mile marathon. You don’t even have to run a 5K if you don’t desire, but there are great benefits to having a good ol’ run especially when we feel sluggish or low or when our every day stresses cloud the mind… A nice jog or run just might help.
Ahhh I can feel it now… The heart rate increases, the body is in motion and we feel alive! Our breath deepens and stretches our lungs unlike the shallow sips of air we have during the casual course of our day.
While we cut into the wind, we can focus on our steps, focus on our breath, free from our thoughts and one with our body. Yes, it can be an incredibly mindful experience once we release all the mental chatter.
Some other added benefits to running are:
- Increased energy Levels…Yes even a 20 minute jog/walk will do!
- Increased bone density
- Increased calorie burning… just for thrills
- Increased muscle development
- Increased blood flow, circulation
- Deeper Inhale and exhale helps release tension
- And yet another opportunity to go outside… hey, invite a friend and share the experience
Yes there some people out there that like to point out the negative aspects of running, if you run too hard, run too much, or run with improper form or footwear but like other activities moderation and preparation are the keys to enjoying the benefits instead of fearing the risks.
So come on and let’s all go for a run and celebrate National Runners Month for mind + body!