Once there was a man from a well-off business family. He weighed 105 kg and couldn’t walk for an hour and cover a kilometer. Neither did he have the temperament for sports, nor a passion for fitness. One fine day, his father told him that money could buy him any luxury in this world, but not health! That was an eye-opener. It was after that day, that he took up running and followed it religiously, coming down to weigh 68 kg. Today, he’s a marathon runner. No, this isn’t the story of a professional athlete; but that of the business tycoon, Anil Ambani.
His is just another story which reiterates the fact that health is wealth and running can do wonders. Running offers benefits across multiple dimensions. It offers physical as well as mental health benefits, required for a healthy life. Some of the benefits are:
It helps to lower your risk of breast cancer and having a stroke. Many doctors recommend running for people who are in the early stages of diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis.
Helps lose weight
Running is one of the best forms of exercise for losing or maintaining a consistent weight.
Boosts your confidence
By setting and achieving goals, you can give yourself a greater sense of empowerment that will leave you feeling much happier.
Stress diminishes appetite and sleep quality. When you run, you push your body to exert excess energy and hormones. Running also helps to reduce your chances of developing tension headaches.
After a few minutes of running, your brain starts to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood. It’s better to run than exercise to combat depression.
Running may sound too simple, but running without a proper understanding, regime and precautions can trigger a harmful outcome, especially if you’re a beginner or haven’t exercised since long. These tips would be of use to you.
- It’s best to start off with brisk walking with about 30 minute sessions. Allow a minimum of 6 weeks to build up to regular running. Gradually, increase your jogging time in each session till then.
- Ensure you warm up and stretch thoroughly before you head out. Cool your body down with light stretches when you return.
- Have plenty of fluids and carry a water bottle with you on your run. Try to intake lots of water before, during and after any activity.
- Avoid running on the road or peak traffic hours to avoid inhaling polluted air.
- Running early in the morning or later in the evening is the best.
- Wear loose cotton clothes and appropriate shoes.
- Plan your route. Choose flat, grassy areas rather than hard or loose (sandy) surfaces to reduce risk of injury.
DLF5 is flanked by acres of rich greenery, which makes it one of the most suitable environs to run or jog, offering fresh air and the perfect surroundings. Make the most of it and run towards good health. After all, “run for life” doesn’t only hold true in the sense of running to avoid a possible danger, but makes perfect literal sense as well!