Monday, 13 May 2013

Guest Post: Four Reasons To Start Running

Pounding the pavements will boost your health, make you happier and increase your self-esteem - but those aren’t the only reasons to join this growing fitness trend. Here’s why you should make 2013 the year you take up Britain’s favourite sport.

1. Super-fast fat burning: High-intensity cardio workouts aside, running is one of the best ways to burn fat quickly. Most runners will burn 500 calories in less than an hour – that’s a whole pound of fat per week. And you’ll do it all without gaining unsightly muscle or being forced to cut back on your favourite treats. Motivate yourself by using an app such as to log your progress and track how many calories you’re burning.

2. The elixir of youth: Beauty conglomerates have long been trying to convince us that their creams can hold back time, but now it appears that there’s a simpler – and far cheaper – way to give wrinkles the lie. A German study has found that running can slow the ageing progress by preventing cellular damage. Researches at Saarland University Clinic compared the differences between healthy middle-aged athletes and a group of sedentary middle age people. Their findings were fascinating. "Many of the middle-aged athletes looked much younger than sedentary control subjects of the same age," says Dr Christian Werner of Saarland University Clinic. “It seems that exercise at the molecular level has an anti-aging effect.”

3. Long-term health: While running has always been seen as a way of shedding the pounds and boosting health, some experts have expressed concerned that it could lead to long-term joint damage and jarring injuries. Fortunately, cutting-edge footwear technology means that couch potatoes no longer have any excuse not to hit the pavement. From the Nike Air range, which uses Hyperfuse technology to create a breathable, ultra-lightweight base, to the incredible cushioning provided by the Asics GEL shoes, the health needs of runners have never been better catered for.

4. The key to happiness: Regular runners frequently talk about ‘runner’s high’ – a feeling of uncontrollable elation that accompanies bursts of strenuous exercise. Now a series of studies has shown that running could actually make you happier; not just after exercise, but in every area of your life. Scientists have found that cardiovascular exercise such as running boosts our levels of anadamide (AEA), a chemical that causes a feeling of happiness and elation. The pursuit of attainable goals has also been proven to be strongly linked to happiness.


Do you run, why do you love it?


  1. I REALLY want to start running, and I would consider myself a moderately fit person (I go for 40 minute fast walks most days, as well as bike rides and sometimes some yoga/pilates), but I try running down the street and have to stop after not even a minute as I can't handle the breathlessness! I think maybe I'm scared, as I have an anxiety disorder so I get worried anything that makes my heart beat fast or breathing faster may induce a panic attack, but I just think running would feel so freeing, and I need the endorphins! Any advice?

    1. Well first off well done for getting a 40 minute fast walk in most days its a great start! I would suggest you start with intervals of 1.30 min fast walk followed by 30 seconds jog then as your fitness improves you can change it up to 1 min walk 30 second run maybe 3 days a week and see how you do.

      Let me know if you try it and if it goes well!

  2. I wouldn't say I love running, but I love the way it makes me feel afterwards ;)

  3. I love it! I never thought I would, but I just love it! Being outside in the fresh air, even in the freezing cold, is just wonderful. Having some "me" time, getting stronger or faster, beating my old times and seeing how far I have come are all a bit addictive really.

  4. I love it, and I am totally addicted to the freedom, to the fact it doesn't matter what I look like, I don't have to even be social, I get a really gentle nice tan as the year goes by, I can eat more or less what I like and it costs .. well nothing really.. two pairs of shoes a year and some ice breaker tops..shorts that's it. I see the new moon, kingfishers, the changing seasons... I won't go on but you get the idea ha ha
    Lynn xxxx

  5. I hate running but it's the best workout for me. I'm working on improving my 5k rather than increasing my distance. I think the hate of running is a swimmer thing :)