How Running Can Change Your Life - Guest Post From Samantha R

How Running Can Change Your Life

 

If you’ve even casually worked out, you’ve probably given a treadmill, elliptical, or even just jogging on your own a try. However, you would be surprised at just how much running can do for you and how it can change your life. It has a myriad of benefits that you can access by putting in a little extra time. So, while you may have tried the trial of running, let’s take a look at why you might want to work it into your regular workout.

 

Get in Shape

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First, let’s take a look at the obvious benefit of running: it can help you get in shape. Running falls under the category of cardiovascular exercise which is often lumped into aerobic exercise.

 

If you want to run to lose weight, you will want to push yourself. You will want to try to and run just a little further than you think you can to make sure you get the best workout possible. On the other hand, though, you won’t want to push yourself so hard that you get injured. Instead, work your way up slowly.

 

You also don’t have to train like an athlete if you want to lose weight. Running can be a great exercise even if you only run a little bit each day. In other words, you don’t have to run a marathon every week just to reap the weight loss benefits of running.

 

Of course, you can also walk to get aerobic exercise. Walking, though, won’t offer you the best workout when compared to running. One study even looked at a comparison between moderate exercise in the form of walking and vigorous exercise in the form of running. The study looked at participants over the course of a little over 6 years. The results were measured by body mass index (BMI) and the exercise energy expenditure (MET). At the end of the study, it was concluded that running was the changes in BMI were greater for running.

 

Running Is Great for Your Heart

 

As noted earlier, running is a great cardiovascular exercise. In simpler terms, this means that it is great for your heart.

 

There is the concern that many runners show signs of poor cardiac health. A study conducted took a look into 50 men who ran a collective 3,510 marathons over the course of 25 years. Participants were selected based on their lifestyle of running and their sex, as many male runners show signs of elevated coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores. At the end of the study, it was concluded that this was a case of correlation rather than causation as the high CAC scores were associated with other risk factors, not running itself.

 

On the contrary, running can prove to be extremely beneficial to your heart health. Since it is a great cardiovascular workout, it can strengthen your heart and blood vessels. Additionally, it can improve oxygen flow in your body. Finally, it can reduce your risk of problems such as heart disease and stroke.

 

Running Can Help Your Mental Health

 

Running and other exercise can help you be a happier and mentally healthy person as well. When you run, you might notice that you feel better afterwards. There is a science behind this as well, it isn’t just a feeling.

 

There have been multiple studies that suggest running can help depression. It isn’t just running, though, it is a proven fact that exercise in general can help to boost your mood. Specifically, it can help manage moderate cases of anxiety and depression.

 

This helps with your mental health because when you exercise, it releases endorphins in your body that help to make you happier and less anxious. On top of that, it also increases your serotonin levels. Serotonin is a chemical in your brain that is also known as the “happy chemical” because it directly affects your mood.

 

Even if you aren’t depressed, running can help you to deal with everyday stress.

 

Running Is Great for Bone Density

 

Another great benefit of running is that it can increase your bone density. That might sound counterintuitive. After all, running does stress your bones. However, this stress sends essential minerals to your bones, making them stronger.

 

This statement is backed too. One study in particular took a look at this to see if running really did help with bone density.

 

The study particularly looked at long term running and its effect on lumbar bone mineralization. The participants were 14 volunteers that were members of a running club. Separate analysis also used the data from 23 runners that were available over the course of the story.

 

At the beginning of the study, they were aged 55 to 77 years old. To understand the results, they used computerized scans of the first lumbar vertebra or lower back to see how the bone mineral density changed.

 

At the end of the study, it was concluded after 5 years that the runners had a higher bone mineral density. In other words, those long term runners showed stronger bones. However, this study did show the caveat that if a runner was to workout too much and lose too much weight, bone mineral density could suffer. So, even if you are a long term runner, you should be careful not to overdo it when you are working out.

 

Joint Strength and Stability Will Increase

 

In addition to bone strength, you can also depend on running to help increase the strength of your joints. This is a matter of building up your strength. At first, you might find that running on uneven terrain leads to a twisted ankle but as you train you will notice that you aren’t as prone to sprained ankles and if you sprain your ankle it might heal a little bit faster.

 

It Can Boost Your Confidence

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Finally, a benefit of running is that it can improve your confidence and self-esteem. As you go along, you can set your own goals. When you reach these goals, you will feel a sense of accomplishment that you gain from reaching these goals.

 

You might also find confidence in how running can help you get into and stay in shape. There is something to be said about controlling how your body looks and how you feel about your body which running can help you do.

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VIRTUAL RACE - "Run For The Polls!" - By Furever Home Running

HOWDY TO THE HEIFERHOOD!

Y'all know I love a good race! A virtual race even moreso - because I can run it on my own time, date, place, and still collect my favorite thing of all time - BLINNNNNNG!

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RUN TO THE POLLS is an incredible virtual race that I'm asking you for your support on.  Sign up! Run the race your day, your way! Your time, etc.  WHY?

This race celebrates the privilege we have of voting! A little blurb from FureverHome:

Voting is critically important to any country and we want to get more people involved in the United States. Through this nonpartisan effort, we want to:

– Raise awareness about voting importance and voter rights in the United States

– Encourage voter registration and early voting

– Highlight key issues individuals should explore to be an informed voter

Registration is currently open through mid September. Race packets will be sent the week of October 8. The race will take place the three weeks leading up to election day – October 16 - November 6.  Race packets will include a custom race bib, the awesome finisher’s medal you see below, and some cool stuff from our sponsors! You will be able to customize your bib and add additional merchandise to your packet, to include a custom: Race t-shirt, Hoo Rag, Hoodie, etc.

Before you ask - what distance?? Any distance you like - mainly 5k, 10k, or if you're feelin' really fly, do a half! Do whatever distance works for YOU! What matters is you're up, you're active, you're helping a few good non profits, and you're making a difference in the lives of others!
 
Check out the  bling you'll receive:

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The race costs $24.95 plus shipping and tax.

$5.00 from your registration will go to help support two nonprofit animal rescue organizations and $2.00 will go to help support the League of Women Voters.

Registration is currently open and will run through mid-September. Packets will be sent to everyone on October 8th – just in time for your race! There is also a Facebook community page set up to share your stories and pictures from your race.

We thank you for participating and look forward to seeing you "Run to the Polls!"

Let's show some HEIFERHOOD support and see if we can get this race sold out! Proceeds from your fee go to two nonprofit organizations - and you get the honor or running to the polls!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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For anyone wanting more information about Furever Home Running, click HERE and have a look around. They are amazingly fantastic people doing good things for the world. I'm proud to call Scott and Mead friends, and proud to help them out with filling up registration!

THIS heifer loves Furever Home because of their core beliefs:

(1) they believe every animal deserves a safe, loving home, is provided healthcare, and has adequate food, and (2) they believe every person can participate in running sports regardless of perceived ability. They believe everyone's health is vitally important in increasing physical fitness and can be accomplished by increasing self-efficacy and access to running sports.

KaKookies - A Review on Heaven's Answer To Snacking

ERMAGAWD Heifers.

No. Really.

ERMAGAWD.  Y'all know I save that sentiment for things that realllllly get my attention.  Y'all know I subscribe to 43 jillion (yes that's a legit number, I googled it) runner delivery boxes, and that I'm always up for trying new items.

Full disclosure: I can't REMEMBER where I found my first KaKookie. Was in in a runner delivery box? A race swag bag? Fell straight from heaven? I can't say. All I know is that I put it into my "healthy food bag" in the fridge where it sat for maybe a week? Two weeks?

Then one fateful day... I was hungry. Hangry even. I just came back from a run (ok who are we kidding, I was eating donut samples at the supermarket) and was still hungry.  Don't judge. Rough time in my life.

I opened the fridge and found this....

 Boundary Waters Blueberry

Boundary Waters Blueberry

Now here's the thing. I'm NOT a heath food junkie. I am a self-professed donut-eating, cookie loving maniac.  Get this though.  These KaKookies - they TASTE like actual comfort food. Cookies your grandma made in the middle of winter, to warm not just your belly, but your heart.

Ok cue the Hallmark commercial, I know. But SERIOUSLY, heifers. This KaKookie is KaKRAZZZZZZZY good.

On first bite it's nice and moist and then you feel like you're eating a blueberry muffin made with love. I'm not even kidding. THEY DON'T PAY ME TO SAY THIS STUFF, I SWEAR!!!

I was so in love, so so in love, that I did something slightly out of character - I emailed them and asked them if I could try their sample pack. Because if THIS ONE was so good - I mean, come on. The others had to rock-my-socks off.

Guess what? My BFFs over there took mercy on this heifer - and in the mail a few days later, look what appeared:

 

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Are we for reals here???? Eight cookies - all for   ME ME ME !  (disclaimer: I DID SHARE, I promise, with  only my bestest buddies)

Here's a few pics of the goodness:

 

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Here's the deal, heifers. These KaKookies are KaLEGIT.  Healthy, superfood ingredients that DON'T taste like nasty vegan health food that Spongebob would eat (sorry Vegans, I mean no offense, I just can't eat seaweed, I tried.. I Really did....oreos on the other hand...) They are soft, chewy, and oh-so-delicious, leaving a party in your mouth.  I swear, they didn't tell me to say that - BUT IT'S TRUE!!!

The dark chocolate cranberry one has a really lovely sweetness from the cranberries, then the dark chocolate kicks in. It's crumbly --- but not DRY if that makes sense. Just a melody of goodness. Really genius.  Great job guys. Great job!

I digress. From the KaKookies website, here's a little blurb on this goodness we call KaKookies:

NOTHING ARTIFICIAL

No artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives. No flour substitutes, protein powders, liquid sweeteners, or egg/dairy replacements. Just pure, real food ingredients.

My newest BFFs over there are kind enough to offer a 10% discount on your own purchase, using discount code RUNHEIFERRUN.

Give them a try - I really think you'll enjoy them. My favorite has to be the cranberry Almond. You get the moist cookie texture, then the almond flavor kicks in. The blueberry is a close second, for sure. Ok so is the cashew. See my issue?

I think I need to end this blog post and go eat my last one.

Do yourself a favor - try out a sample pack with the RUNHEIFERRUN discount - and leave a little comment on what you think of them. THey're great during a run break (not too heavy in your belly) and definitely on a bike ride). Or in the car. Or at night while you're laying in bed binge watching El Chapo on netflix.

Just sayin'.

GET SOME. Your body will thank you. Comfort food that is actually good for you. Who knew!!!! Thank you KaKookies!!!!
 

 

 

 

 

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