Today is National Running Day. The beauty of running is that all you need is a comfortable pair of shoes and workout clothing, and BAM!… you are on your way. Other than that, there’s no expensive memberships or equipment to buy.
National Running Day is an initiative put forth by a group of organizations across the country, including Boston Athletic Association, Oregon Track Club, USA Track & Field, among others.
The initiative just wants to designate one day for promoting the health benefits of running, and to show how accessible it is for nearly everyone.
While it may be too late to participate officially in the celebration today, you can still make today the day that you decide to try out this powerful health-boosting activity the next chance you get.
If you are a beginner, make sure that you keep a few things in mind:
- Take it slow. It’s not a bad idea to walk first, if you don’t think you are limber enough or quite ready for the cardiovascular challenge. It’s just important to start.
- Make a goals. After you do it for a few weeks, consider a 5k race. This will give you something to work towards and keep your “feet to the fire” to make sure you are sticking to it and not making excuses.
- But most of all, relax and have fun. Think about all the positives that will come out of running.