When coming to a decision as to which sport or activity to do, many people opt for running. Beginners are especially fond of running and for good reason: it’s simple, easy to start no matter who you are, and you have zero obligations. Sure, you can set goals for yourself or join a running group, which will give your running routines more structure, but at the end of the day, running is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable sports anyone can do. It’s also a great sport to build upon when you’re starting from scrats and increase the distance you’re running while decreasing your average mile time.
Still not convinced? Whether it be due to time constraints, an inaccurate perception of how difficult it is, or concerns over the cost of proper running clothes, many people are afraid that running isn’t for them. However, none of these reasons are valid as each of them has their own workarounds. Here’s why you can start running today.
You Have No Obligations
Since running is typically a solo sport, chances are that you don’t have any obligations when it comes to running a certain distance or duration. Most running groups follow a relaxed schedule where you only join if you really want to. Setting goals is good, but it’s always optional how far you push yourself. You can run once per week or you can run every day. Just figure out what’s best and most realistic for you and stick to it.
It Can Be A Social Thing
Many people prefer the idea of a quiet, solitary run outdoors where they can set their minds free and unwind a little. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but if you’re a more social person, you can use running as a great opportunity to connect with others. Whether it be a weekend road running group or an event such as the popular night run 5k that takes place around the U.S., there’s always a group available, no matter where you are.
Simply do a bit of basic internet research or ask some runners who you meet on your current route if they know a group that you can join. It can be a great opportunity for those who are a little more anxious to get out there and meet new people.
You Don’t Need Expensive Gear
For less than $100, you can purchase yourself a full running outfit with some comfortable shoes, shorts, and a breathable shirt. Sure, you can take it further and purchase fancy socks, running earphones, running caps, compression tights and a plethora of other gear that the likes of Nike and Adidas manufacture for runners these days. But it isn’t at all necessary.
Just be sure that the pair of running shoes you decide to buy are the right ones for your feet. For beginners, the New Balance Coast, Nike Free RN Range, and Adidas PureBoosts are all great, stylish, and relatively affordable options.
Running truly is the easiest way to maintain a viable level of fitness, lose weight, become stronger and overall healthier, without having to take out a significant amount of time from your schedule or breaking the bank. No ridiculous diets, no budget-breaking subscription fees, and no obligations.