When we look at the human body and how it is put together, we can see just how well adapted it is for running. From the shape of our feet and hips to the length of our legs we have evolved over time to become better and more efficient runners. Our legs and arms work in tandem to help power ourselves forward. We also have shock absorbers in between the vertebrae to reduce stress and pressure as we move.
Whether it be long distance or sprinting it cannot be denied we have features that make running come more easily to us than other mammals, and with running comes a long list of benefits both physical and psychological;
- Burning calories
- Increased strength and fitness levels
- Mental toughness
- Improved self confidence
- Lifted mood through elicit hormonal response which can help with problems such as depression and stress.
- Improved sleep
However, the general consensus about running can be that people are put off from participating in it as a sport. When we haven’t ran in a long time it can be quite brutal to pick ourselves up and set off for a run. We go out with the aim of doing 20 minutes and start off with great enthusiasm only to realise 2 minutes in, we’ve set off too fast and now the realisation, we may not be able to sustain it to the end kicks him. Home seems like a million miles away and already you want to give up. This is incredibly disheartening, and we don’t achieve much physically or mentally.