Every year that I was in high school, on every Saturday from late August to early November, I would compete in a 5K race.
I didn’t join the cross country team because I was an incredibly fast runner, or because I loved to compete (that was actually one of my least favorite aspects of the sport).
What I loved was the people I ran with, and all the health benefits from running introduced to my life.
I loved how it allowed me to manage feelings of stress and anger, spend time with friends, feel more alert and energized, make better eating choices, and generally feel good about myself.
I thought that I would always run, and that even removed from the constant race preparation, I figured that I would always find the time and motivation for it.
It didn’t take me very long after graduation to realize that finding the time and motivation to run without having to actually prepare for a competition was really difficult.
While I still loved to run, I realized that without committing to a goal it was hard to stay motivated, and having a full time job made it hard to fit it into my schedule.
Worst of all, I really noticed a difference in the way I felt when I didn’t run a regular basis - both mentally and physically.
So, I started signing up for local 5K races, and that has made it so much easier for me to stick with it and make it a priority on a regular basis.
I don’t try to win - I just use them as a tool to stay motivated.
This is why we believe that running a 5K is one of the best ways to receive the health benefits of running.
Completing one is a realistic goal for any runner, regardless of experience.
They are also convenient, and don’t require a heavy time commitment in order to train.
You can train for one by setting aside about 30-45 minutes only three days a week.
Best of all, registering and paying for the 5K is a perfect way to motivate yourself to get out the door, start running, and enjoying all the amazing health benefits that running has to offer.
Take a look at the list of 20 benefits below, then get registered for a 5K yourself!
Let's start the list with the Physical Benefits of Running a 5K -There is a good reason why running is one of the oldest, most popular forms of exercise - because it works. It is a total body workout that has immediate and lasting effects on your physical health.
Running burns between 400-700 calories per hour.
Depending on your speed. Considering a BIG MAC at McDonald's is 520 calories, it will take you a little over an hour to burn that off.
How do you track the amount of calories you burn during a run?
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Running Helps with Weight Loss & Management
The amount of calories burned, combined with other reasons mentioned below, make running one of the most effective tools for weight loss and weight management.
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