Happy National Running day to all my fellow runners! I hope everyone gets a chance to go outdoors and breath in some fresh air during your walk, bike, run, swim, or whatever it is you prefer to do.
For whatever reason it is that you run, I give you lots of credit and respect. It is not always easy to take your body and force it to move consistently for a long period of time. Whether you are a slow runner with the rest of the pack miles ahead, a speedy runner with only short distances in your sight, a mental runner able to conquer any hill ahead, or an untrained runner just trying to get in the game; you are amazing because you are doing it!
Finding a good balance between a healthy diet and physical activity is the best way to start your journey of living a healthy lifestyle. Avoiding physical activity all together is not going to help you get into shape, just like eating healthy alone is not going to be the sole answer to get you into shape. A combination of both will be the most effective and quickest way you can start seeing results.
I am a runner. Always have been, always will be. It’s funny because I just had a conversation last night with someone about the “runners high”. They did not truly understand what it meant. Well, not everyone experiences that or at least they don’t really understand it so I am not going to say running gives me that “runners high”, but instead I will tell you this… running is my therapy. It’s a time where you do not have to be a part of the world anymore. In a way, for the 20, 30 50, or 70 minutes I run, I am in my own world. This is a world where no one will interrupt you, no worries are welcome, planning and scheduling is put on hold, working is over, and you don’t have to think about ANYTHING other than your very next step. I love it. Don’t get me wrong, I love any and every outdoor activity, but running…well, there is no better physical activity that keeps you feeling healthy, fit, and genuinely happy. I find myself more stressed when I miss a couple days of exercise because it’s like my craving and I need to get my fix. That sounds like I am addicted…I know people can be addicted to an unhealthy point, but if you are following what I mean, I have a healthy grip on my running love;). If anyone else out there feels this way it is probably because running does in fact make you happier.
Many studies have shown that running may help to prevent some of the worlds most detrimental chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, and some cancers. Running also improves your emotional and mental life, thus improving stress levels and virtually helping you to live longer. Simply by running or doing any physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day, your mood can instantly be lifted because of the endorphins your body produces. These endorphins interact with receptors in your brain that will diminish your perception of pain, stress, anxiety, or depression.
Maybe this is why some people say they are addicted. Actually, I am in the beginning of my training for my very first Chicago Marathon and first marathon ever. I have always wanted to do this, so I can than check it off my bucklist and figured why not now. Of course, this means you should get ready for more running and fitness post because I would love for all of you to go through this journey with me. If any other marathon goers have tips or suggestions I’d love to hear them. I know listening to experienced marathon runners is vital and I am the rook in this case! I am very excited to watch myself as I progress and see where this journey takes me. I will also be posting my marathon training plan and marathon diet as I go. Stick around to join me during this exciting and scary journey! 26.2 here I come! Yikes!
Here’s a couple shots of my typical view during my runs. Its hard Not to run when this is the beautiful scenery I get to look at.
Happy National Running Day!
With much love from MyNutritionVision.
❤ Rebecca Raymundo, RD, LDN