Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about. -PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian
I can’t imagine my life without running being a part of it. It truly helps me strike a healthy balance in life–between mind, body and spirit. Running is inspirational and challenging–at the same time!–as evidenced in the quote above.
My creativity levels–needed for my marketing, PR and freelance writing clients–receive a boost from running. I find that when my mind is allowed to “run free,” ideas are often sparked. Experts agree* that running triggers a multitude of positive benefits, touching on mind, body and spirit:
- improves your health in many areas including increased lung function
- boosts your immune system
- alleviates stress
- prevents or reduces the risk or many diseases, including cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, heart attack and stroke
- helps you maintain a consistent weight
- clears the mind
- elevates mood, wards off depression
- sparks creativity and ideas
- increases energy levels
- builds confidence and self-esteem
- adds years to your life
So when Susquehanna Style magazine asked me to write a feature story explaining how to find the best running shoes, I jumped at the chance to learn more about one of my favorite obsessions. I was thrilled to pick up lots of tips from the experts–and I even put them into practice, as I purchased new running shoes recently.
One of the most helpful tips for me: Switching between at least two pair of running shoes means your feet experience slightly different fits, which leads to your body working your muscles in slightly different ways. Ultimately, this habit can help prevent injury.
So… here is my latest article: Hit the Ground Running is published in the February 2016 issue of Susquehanna Style. Hope you find the tips helpful as well!
Out on the roads, there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be. -George Sheehan
*Information cited by:
- Runner’s World: Six Ways Running Improves your Health
- The New York Times: Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits