Why do I Run?

By Brinston Miranda

Cause it is the quickest way for me to travel on my feet. It is a basic activity, instinctive to our being. People don’t need to be taught how to run, it comes naturally. Running is a great way to exercise as well as meet new people. There are many positives and a very few negatives. It is easy, enjoyable and you can do it any time of the day. Thousands of people take to running as it’s fairly easy. Once you start, it is hard to stop. The sweat trickling down your face, the burn in your chest, the throb of your knees and when your foot pounds into the ground with every step – you know you are a runner.

Running has become a dominant factor in sports and fitness. Many who begin at a young age whether it is long distance or sprints, have never stopped and realized how it positively affects their life. Many believe that it is better to run than harm. The benefit of running is innumerable. It’s a vastly superior form of exercising. There are countless benefits of running, including improvement of brain function, strengthening of the heart, the building of muscles, increase the density of bones, strengthens the immune system, improve mental health, reduce stress, weight control, transform and tone your body and increases endurance.  Being a form of cardio exercise that’s easily accessible, running is one of the most straight forward ways to get the important benefits of exercise. So running is strongly associated with our body and brain. There is also a long list of psychological benefits a runner can get from this sport. But once your body and mind start to acclimate, running can be blissful. Everyone can be a runner, as long as you don’t try to run too often, too long or too fast or too soon. Running should be enjoyed as an activity then only you will last long. Whether you run in the morning or noon or in the evening is largely a personal preference. Once your body adapts to the stress of walking and running, you can then increase the duration gradually. Do not worry about pace but focus on increasing endurance. Do not try to run too fast and become a running dropout because burnout is very common and it is caused due to over training or injury. Enjoy the process of building up endurance. Once you feel great about your training and running you should register for a 5K or a 10K race.

Running is a part of many forms of competitive racing. It is advisable to take a shorter distance race once you have trained a minimum of 6 weeks. Running injuries are quite common among runners. Many running injuries can be reduced through the right training, wearing the correct gear, warming up and limbering down. Be it a professional runner or a recreational runner – you must enjoy your training to last a lifetime in running.

Run miles with a smile.

About the Author:

Brinston Miranda is an International athlete and founder of BE FIT running group in Mumbai. A renowned coach for athletics and physical fitness in Mumbai. Fitness has been a part of his life for past 35 years. Fitness for life and run miles with a smile has always been his motto. With over 20 years of coaching experience that includes training professional athletes, Corporate's, kids, and schools, he has successfully trained famous personalities like Neha Dhupia, Lisa Haydon, Sheeba Sabir, Sameer Kochher, Siddhartha Mallya and many more.

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