Why Everyone Should Pick Up Running

Why Everyone Should Pick Up Running

By Bing Chen ’17

Photographed by Bing Chen '17
Photographed by Bing Chen ’17

The word of running usually incites fear among many Brooklyn Tech Students. Students dread track gym and would rather do anything, but running. Many cannot even think about incorporating running into their daily lives. We all have been told that running and exercise are beneficial, yet many of us don’t do it.

Running is readily prevalent in our lives. It is very common to see runners running down the sidewalk as we make our way to school or to work. The annual New York City marathon shuts off the busy streets of the city to welcome the 50,000 runners from all over the world. Many wonder why people would run 25.2 miles, and runners may not have a clear answer, but a large part of it has to do with how good running feels.

Running increases endorphin levels in the body which makes people feel elated. Some runners even feel the runner’s high, which is the feeling of euphoria during a run. Running also makes it easier to sleep at night, and improves sleep quality. Running is one of the healthiest sport you can do. This form of exercise allows our minds to wander, lets us think, and helps us release stress.

Running doesn’t require experience because everybody is born with the ability to run. Running is a very cheap sport. All it requires is a pair of good running sneakers. Forget about going to the gym and hopping on a treadmill, go outside and explore the city. Running sneakers are the quintessential equipment for runners; a good pair of sneakers can also prevent injuries.

You don’t need to go for long runs to experience the benefits of running, in fact 10-30 minutes of running can lead to the same benefits as longer runs. It’s not hard to get in a few minutes of running every day. Exercise actually boosts energy and fights fatigue. After a long day at school the last thing you want to do is run, but try it and see how you feel.

Running also forces people to think about their diet and lifestyle. People learn to eat what makes their body feel good, and they adjust their lives to be being more active. Most importantly running prevents many health issues such as obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Although running may be hard at first, and you may only be able to run a short distance, just keep working at it. Start small and set goals. If you only can run a few blocks before doubling down on pain, do a few blocks every day. Running only takes a fraction of your day. Just remember to keep going.

There are many ways to get support if you want to pick up running. There are community running organizations like the NYRR (New York Road Runners) that organize races from 5k to marathons and group runs. They welcome everyone with all types of skills, and they have many events throughout the year. It is inspiring to see so many people who are runners too, and it’s a great way to bond with people. If you want some inspiration for running try reading some of the many running books, films, and documentaries available. I would personally recommend Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.

Inspirational Quote: “Instead of cringing from fatigue, you embrace it. You refuse to it go, you know it so well you’re not afraid of it anymore”- Christopher McDougall

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