By Jasmine Graham
Running has been the stepchild of the cardio world because of myths relating to injuries that it causes and the inconvenience ladies have of dealing with their hair afterwards. Rest assured ladies, I have some great news for you! Running is amazing for your body, especially if you are trying to be a Single, fabulous and healthy woman.
Here are few reasons why you should hit the pavement, park or treadmill this weekend!
1. Overall Health Benefits
Running is great for the heart and lungs, boosts your immune system and raises your good cholesterol levels. My doctor thought I was on cholesterol medication because my good cholesterol level was so high. I saw the effects first hand. I also have clients that have had the same positive results after taking up running.
2. Disease Control
Running helps prevent heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure and it reduces your chances of getting type 2 diabetes. Ladies, we are at high risk for many of these diseases, especially women of color.
3. Stress Reduction
Running will help you reduce the stress of your work place, finances and that annoying boyfriend. That “runners high” that you feel after a great run is caused by the release of endorphins from your body. This will make you feel more positive and improve your mood, especially when PMSing.
4. Weight Loss Benefits
If you’re looking to lose a few unwanted pounds or reveal the six-pack hiding under a few layers of fat, running is the answer. Running is high on the list of exercises that burn the most calories per minute. When I am training for a marathon or half marathon I will drop 10 to 12 pounds because I run four to five times per week. I also see the transformation of the women I coach for endurance events. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle of eating healthy and running definitely makes the numbers on the scale go down.
5. Boost Confidence
Now this is my favorite, so I left it for last. When you get out there and start accomplishing small goals, you feel amazing. Running for five minutes without stopping, running a mile, running your first race–all these are milestones that make you feel empowered. You walk taller, smile more and soak up the compliments from everyone. I see shy clients come in that can’t run a mile, transform into marathoners and half marathoners in four months. That race medal gives them bragging rights forever.
Remember to always consult your doctor before trying this or any exercise regimen. If you have questions about how to start running contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am an RRCA certified running coach in NYC and can definitely give you a few tips to get started.