Running Your Worries Away
Published Monday, July 19, 2021
Staff Feature: For Dr. Rosamaria North (Physician, Emergency Department), running has always been an effective therapy for staying well in her life. “It keeps me happy, fit, and energized. Plus, my running buddies are great listeners and give really valuable advice. Whether alone or with friends, I usually feel a lot more at peace after a good run.”
By Samantha Morris, Prevention and Screening Clinical Services
To run or not to run? Many of us ponder this question but don’t think any longer. This summer, starting a running program can be the perfect way to get moving and motivate you to change unhealthy behaviours into healthy ones.
Running outdoors enables you to get fresh air and reconnect with nature. Research studies have shown that a walking or running program is a great way to manage your stress and enhance your overall mental health. A cost-friendly activity, running can improve cardiovascular health by strengthening your heart and improving your metabolism. Running can be done with friends or family, or as an independent activity where you can enjoy some time to yourself. It is never too late to get started on running your worries away!
Tips for getting into running:
Wear proper footwear. Purchasing proper running shoes will make you more comfortable and lower your risk of injury. If you go to a running store, they can assess your feet and fit you for the proper shoes.
Don’t overdo it. Start with a short distance and work your way up. Trying to run too far when you first start running can cause your body pain and discourage you from running again. Don’t feel pressured to run a certain distance. Instead, focus on your personal progress and goals.
Start with intervals of running and walking. Try walking for 2 minutes and running for 1 minute. Change these times to suit your comfort level. This method helps push you to run for those intervals knowing that a break is coming up.
Run at a comfortable pace. You don’t need to run fast. Run at whatever pace feels most comfortable.
Track your runs. Download an app to track your runs. Seeing your progress will boost motivation and show you how well you’ve done.
Explore new locations. Take the time to try different routes or trails to run. Reconnect with nature by taking your headphones out and just enjoying the moment. Downloading the AllTrails app can help educate you on new routes and locations where you can go running or walking. You can also read reviews to ensure these routes/trails are appropriate for you.