n apple run a day keeps the doctor away.” Or something like that, right? (Ok, I just made that up.)
While there are certainly other factors for staying healthy and keeping colds at bay, running is certainly at the forefront of my being healthy. I can’t say there is any scientific explanation to back up my claims (because this is all just based on my own personal experience and definitely not a suggestion for you to go and do the same) but I really feel like I can attribute my mostly good health to running consistently.
I feel my best when I’ve been running and working out consistently. Not only do I have more energy, but I’m also increasing my Vitamin D intake naturally (running in the summertime, especially), breathing in some fresh air and getting my blood pumping. I’m improving my cardiovascular and respiratory systems! Whether it’s blazing hot or freezing cold, as long as I’m dressed appropriately for my runs, they do me more good than harm. My lungs get a chance to adapt from summertime to wintertime instead of just getting a “shock” from suddenly deciding to start running just because it’s cooler outside. I’m improving my temperature tolerance! (Side note: I definitely try this positive thinking tactic during those searingly hot days so I don’t talk myself out not running until it gets cooler outside.) Running makes my joints and bones stay strong, especially my knees which I now want to take extra care of (I don’t ever want knee surgery again) so that I can still run when I’m 70. I’m improving my physical body! Finally, I’ve noticed that I sleep much better (less time to fall asleep and stay asleep longer/more deeply) on the days I have gone running. I’m better rested and generally less grumpy!
So yes, a run a day keeps the doctor away…that, or it’s just a mere coincidence that repeats itself time and time again.
This is why I run.
*This post is a part of a 31 Day Writing Challenge in which I celebrate all the reasons I run. You can find links to all the posts here.