I discovered running (as an adult) in the same way that a lot of people might, I was looking to lose weight. While I had run cross country in high school, an ankle injury sidelined me for most of my time on the team and ultimately was my excuse to stop running. Fast forward 10 years…I was 30lbs overweight and looking for a way to start losing it. A different elliptical at the gym didn’t feel right one day so I decided to give the treadmill a try…I haven’t looked back since. It wasn’t until I stopped running while pregnant with Baby B that I realized just how much running changed my everyday life.
7 Ways Running Changed My Everyday Life
1. Lost Weight
As I mentioned, the main reason I started running (again) in the first place was to lose weight. Over a period of about 8 months I lost around 35lbs while using running as my main exercise. At first I was just trying to get in 15 minutes of cardio, but suddenly it became my main form of exercise. Not only could I run at the gym on the treadmill, but I could run outside if a trip to the gym wasn’t going to happen.
2. Changed Eating Habits
One of the biggest ways running changed my everyday life is that suddenly I became a healthy eater. While I was trying to lose weight anyways, running made me crave healthier food. After a good long run the last thing I want to eat is a cheeseburger. If I ran in the morning I often would want a smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch and by something simple by dinner. My snacks switched to fruits and I ate more vegetables than I ever thought I would.
3. Relieved Stressed
I can’t begin to tell you how many times a stressful day has ended with my best run of the week. Nothing feels better than hitting the treadmill after a long day and just letting it all out. It is amazing how getting lost in a run with your music can change your whole attitude about a day.It is amazing how getting lost in a run with your music can change your whole attitude about a day. Click To Tweet
4. Less Aches & Pains
Ironically I didn’t realize how much less I was hurting every day until I stopped running. The activity each day was keeping me moving and my muscles a lot less tense. Yes, pregnancy adds more aches and pains but I have realized how much more I was able to move around and chase a toddler when I ran more consistently.
5. More Energy
Maybe this goes with the less aches & pains, but I also found that I started having even more energy throughout the day. Instead of two cups of coffee, I only need one after a morning run. The adrenaline rush from my runs can be enough to boost my energy for the entire day.
6. New Friendships
Sports in general always tend to bring friendships with them. Through finding people to run races with, training for races and simply needing someone to congratulate after a race I’ve renewed old friendships and made new friends. Some of them I may never see again after a race but when that runner next to you gives you that encouragement you need at mile 9, you can thank her later.
7. Set An Example
To me the biggest way that I realized running changed my everyday life was the example I’m able to set. My niece came to watch my first half marathon and after I remember hearing her say she was “running like Aunt Kristin” in the living room. Now when we pass a runner on the street, Little Man (who understands a little more) will say “look mommy, it’s you!”
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