5 REASONS WHY EVERY WOMAN SHOULD START RUNNING

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My relationship with exercise is going through a bit of a rocky patch. I’m sure it’s just a phase and we’ll pull through but I’m struggling to find the motivation. This is a real problem because I LOVE to workout. I write about it all day in my job as a deputy editor, hear about it from my boyfriend (who’s a personal trainer ) and am always trying out the newest workout. But no matter how many ballet, boxing or piloxing (yep, it’s a thing) classes I do, I always come back to running.

I first started running after uni when I’d taken advantage of my fast metabolism a little too much and wasn’t feeling my best! Although it was a hard slog and a massive shock to the system, it didn’t take long before I became completely hooked on that endorphin high (more on that later). I toned up, shed the fresher week bloat and never looked back.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never run a marathon (I’m hypermobile in my hips and the two don’t mix!) and 15k is my personal best, but I do it for the buzz not the distance and have to be careful I don’t shed too much weight. So if you haven’t jumped on the running bandwagon yet, here’s why you should start today…

I’d love to know what you guys have found out a long the way if you’re a pavement pounder so let me know below!

1.IT’S FREE!

Although gym memberships and class passes are the must-haves of the fitness world, running requires no monthly outgoings and can be done anywhere.

2. IT TONES YOUR LEGS AND BUM

Whenever I’m feeling sluggish or struggling to get my jeans on, I start running. Not only does it help with water retention, it also strips fat off of your entire body and leaves your quads, calves and bum toned. Want to amp up results? Add some hills in there and watch that bum rise!

3. IT CLEARS YOUR HEAD

Let’s face it, as women, we’re pretty amazing. But, as champions of multitasking, we also carry a lot of baggage in our head – from to-do lists to life goals and every now and again it becomes a little too much. When things get on top of me, I feel like I’m dispersing the problems with every foot strike and get back to my desk with a clear ahead and a little less stress!

4. RUNNERS HIGH IS REAL

Sometimes I dread heading out, I literally drag myself but a mile or two in those endorphins appear and there’s no turning back – you feel invincible!

5. YOU CAN CHANGE IT UP

Running doesn’t have to be monotonous, you can change the pace, location or technique to keep your body guessing. Add in some hill sprints, press-ups on the park bench or walking lunges on your way to target more muscle groups.

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