Do you know how to run?
It’s a very simple question, and probably something you might not even think about. After all, what’s so tough about running, right? You put one foot in front of the other, repeat the process as quickly as possible, and you’re off on a run!
So, if you’re looking to start up running, make sure you buy a pair of good running sneakers, properly warm up, and just go for it.
Running is one of the great ways to get fit, feel better and form relationships with other runners. And starting a new running habit doesn’t have to be hard. All it takes is a comfortable pair of sneakers and a willingness to move a little or a lot, at your own pace. As a comparison, an activity like hiking/trekking does require more gear if you want to do it properly. Stuff like a hiking bag with all the needed equipment in it, proper trekking shoes, a trekking pole, even a hiking outfit depending on where you plan on hiking. Where as with running, you don’t really need anything other than a good pair of running sneakers.
Each day, millions of people all over the world go for a run. Some people run marathons, some people go out for a jog, and some people prefer to go into the mountains for an uphill sprint. But there is one thing that all of these different types of runners have in common, and that is that they are all healthy.
Running is one of the healthiest activities that you can do. There are plenty of cardiovascular benefits and running has powerful calorie burning properties. This means that regular running will help you keep your body healthy and in shape for many years. Furthermore, running is an activity for people of all ages. The youngest person that has finished a marathon was only five years old, while the oldest one was 101 years old.
But do note that running improperly, especially for a long distance, can do some serious damage to your body. Running improperly will also not give you the benefits you’d expect from putting in all the effort.
That’s why, like every other dynamic activity, running requires adequate equipment, preparation, and caution. Although running itself has no downsides, running-related injuries are actually very common. Around, 65% of all runners suffer an injury within their first year of running. That means, on average, there is one running injury for every 100 hours of running.
In case you want to learn even more about running, just look at the infographic below.
See the full Running Facts infographic here.