Bea is starting a new feature, beginning today, and every upcoming Thursday. She calls it “Bea’s Wellness Beat.”
She’ll pick a random health, wellness, or fitness topic, and provide readers with a few tidbits relating to that topic:
- Quotation of the week
- Photo of the week
- Key points about the topic
- Inspirational/informational links about the topic
- Along with anything else she can think of, for your reading enjoyment.
Bea would LOVE to have ideas from readers about what topics you would be interested in learning/reading about at Bea’s Wellness Beat.
Today’s topic: Running!
Quote for the week: The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” (John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running.
Bea completed her first 5K in 2013. Here she is, pre-run, in the morning hours of April 27, 2013, at the Mount Clemens, Michigan, Let’s Move, Festival of Races.
One 5K (3.1 miles) and she was hooked on running! Bea’s been a walker for many years, and never thought she’d take that leap into running. Now she’s glad she did!
Things she loves: Being out in the fresh air, building up her endurance, relieving stress and boosting her mood. She even loves the sweating part. Her Ipod Nano is her “running buddy,” and keeps her motivated.
Benefits of running include:
- Weight loss – if you’re trying to lose weight, combining a healthy diet with cardiovascular exercise such as running is a great way to succeed. You burn more calories running than you would with brisk walking or bicycling.
- Running helps include lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and increased lung capacity and cardiovascular endurance. You can read more about the health benefits of running at this article: Health Benefits of Running.
- Running also gives you a sense of self-esteem, confidence, and when those endorphins are released, you feel great!
Of course, one thing Bea doesn’t want to do is injure herself while running – she’s pushing 57 years old, and an injury might turn out to be a lengthy setback to her fitness program! To avoid injuries:
- Buy good running shoes – specifically made for running!
- Warm up with a walk before starting your run; and do stretches after your run.
- Include different fitness options besides running into your exercise routine; cross training helps you work different muscles and keeps your body challenged.
- This Runner’s World article provides some more injury prevention tips.
- 5K Run – 7 Week Training Schedule for Beginners
- Why Run?
- 30 Convincing Reasons to Start Running Now
- Fitness Basics: Running for your Life
Looking for a Running Club?
Twisted Blister Running Club (Manistee Michigan) Find on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twistedblisterrunningclub?ref=br_tf
Looking for running events?
Check out the Active website.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Wellness Beat! Remember, Bea is always looking for new ideas/topics to write about. Have a suggestion? Add it to the comments section, or send Bea an email: firstname.lastname@example.org