Why should you run?

Can you run a km or for 15 minutes?
No!!
What If a bunch of street dogs chase you on your way to home, assuming you are walking?

Running for life - Not to save your life from hounding street dogs but this basic activity can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Running is the most basic skill human has since ages. You will need very minimal training rather guidance to start, no equipment needed. By default we have been taught to run. Anyone can run. You don't have to take lessons or spend lots of time learning how to run -- everyone knows how to do it!!!

However as we have grown up we have forgotten to run.

Can you imagine a small kid in an open ground or park?

Do you remember your child hood days? 

But now even If you run for a minute to catch a running bus, you will be gasping for your breathe.
You don't need any special equipment.  Beyond a pair of shoes and some running clothes, you don't need anything.  Don't have a park nearby?  That's okay!

Just wake up early morning tomorrow and run on the road near by your house.You may find many known faces on the road.

We live in busy cities, what we see during the day: roads full of vehicles, streets full of shops, people running around to reach their destinations and the usual background noise of all these. Go for an early morning jog to the busiest places of your city, you will see a different scene. You can feel the tranquility of our habitats without the chaos and will wonder how they transform during the day – a very good chance that you may not be able to recognize – Is it the same signal we pass through every day?

Running gets you into nature.  One of the best things about running is that you can go for a run in the morning and find the same street dog that barks at you in night, staring at you, watching you pass by. You can be by yourself without distractions.

Well that is not all.

It’s a fact that a strong heart and strong lungs will make you healthier and live longer. You may live for many days without food or water but not even few minutes without your heart beating and pumping blood into your body and not without your lungs taking the air through your nose and separating what you need, i.e. Oxygen and releasing What you don’t, i.e. pollution and carbon dioxide. A strong heart and strong lungs are the right ingredient of a healthy and longer life.

Running is the most amazing cardiovascular exercise you can practice without much preparation. Cardio is heart and vascular is lungs and its attached parts. You run, your heart and lungs get exercised and they become stronger day by day. Our body is a machine, so all the parts have a limited life time. Our heart can pump blood for a fixed number of times so as our lungs can process our breathing. A strong heart will pump more blood each time; our body’s requirement is also constant per day. Hence our heart will actually work less so can stay stronger and work longer. Similarly, strong lungs can supply the most essential oxygen to the heart for longer.

We are now young, so able to roam around and do our daily work comfortably. But our body, even hands and legs have also limited life. Unless we exercise and keep them strong you may lose this activeness sooner than later. Running also makes your muscles stronger. They can withstand pain and exhaustion better. Do you feel the difference between, how active you were when you were kid and now? You can extrapolate the same to 20 yrs. later. Our sedentary life style itself is the cause of many diseases.

Exercise makes people happy.  Hard to believe, but it's true. Exercise is a great outlet for relieving stress.  After a hard day at work, going to the gym for a workout will make you forget all about your evil boss and nagging colleague.

It’s a great way to exercise your will power: you are not going to lose your legs or any body parts with the pain (but be careful and listen to your body before running too hard or too much) but you can push little more defying that pain remember - Pain is temporary but pride is for ever. Its more mental than physical.

A rigorous exercise can give you a high even much better than any drugs or alcohol - the so called runners high. Pituitary Gland spinal cord and various other parts of the brain and central nervous system produces neurotransmitters called endorphins – A kind of chemicals transfers through neurons in our nervous system. It interacts with the part of brain called hypothalamus which contains the pain receptors of our body which actually suppresses the pain. It becomes cyclical process once you cross that threshold, i.e. when you run more you produce endorphins which reduces your pain hence you can run even more for long time. That is the secret behind the marathon runners.

If this is not enough take inspiration from Fauja Singh – world’s oldest marathon runner – running a full marathon of 42.195 KM or 26.2 Miles is the ultimate goal of all runners but few go to the different level - Ultra marathons(scroll till the end) .


I had delivered a speech on this topic in my Project 2 of Toastmasters Club. - See more at: http://www.prasannasabat.com/2012/03/failure-is-not-opposite-of-success.html#sthash.sXZoMwCi.dpuf
 I have delivered this in Toastmasters Club prepared speech for Project 7 - Research your topic

I had delivered a speech on this topic in my Project 2 of Toastmasters Club. - See more at: http://www.prasannasabat.com/2012/03/failure-is-not-opposite-of-success.html#sthash.sXZoMwCi.dpuf
I had delivered a speech on this topic in my Project 2 of Toastmasters Club. - See more at: http://www.prasannasabat.com/2012/03/failure-is-not-opposite-of-success.html#sthash.sXZoMwCi.dpuf

1 comment:

  1. Valuable suggestions for good health. Thanks Prasanna. Nice write.

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