You are a Pacific Northwest Runner

I’ve heard every excuse out there, and then some, “I’m not a runner, …” I’m here to let you know, if you lace up your sneakers and get moving down the road, trail, track, or treadmill – You Are a Pacific Northwest Runner. Running is a very personal sport and we all have different physical attributes and fitness goals. While individual goals vary, I can guarantee that if you can get away from these 3 common excuses, your body will thank you – so let’s get you past them! 1. “I don’t run that often, I work out in the gym so running isn’t necessary.” Aerobic activity is just as important as strength training. In order for you to be the best you can be, you need both. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends you get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week. Along with aerobic activity, it is recommended that you strength train at least two days a week, exercising all major muscle groups using weight or resistance. 2. “I’m not healthy enough.” According to 2017 CDC data, 7 states have obesity rates of at least 35%, up from 0 states in 2012, and all states have more that 20% of adults living with obesity. The scary part of this is the numbers are rising, with a well documented correlation between obesity and type 2 diabetes, as well as various types of cancer. While it is challenging to start running, the benefits are immense. By improving cardiovascular health it can lower blood pressure and allow blood to pump throughout the body efficiently. Running also helps regulate insulin levels and lower blood sugar, reduces asthma symptoms, chronic pain, aides in sleep, and regulates weight! 3. “I don’t look like a runner.” This is a funny one. What does a runner look like? A runner looks like you. The only people that do not look like runners, are the ones sitting on the couch. Running can be both mentally and physically challenging. Getting up early, or pushing yourself a bit later to get your minimum 30-minutes of daily aerobic activity 5 days a week isn’t easy. We touched on some tips to help you get started and find ways to enjoy running in last weeks blog, “Training in the Pacific Northwest.” Like I said, I’ve heard about every excuse out there, but I think that most of them closely resemble the 3 listed above. As you begin running you may feel nervous, not healthy enough, awkward and even overwhelmed. These feelings are normal, please don’t let them stop you from improving your health and well-being. REMEMBER, running is a personal sport – pace is irrelevant, distance doesn’t matter either, it is all about the act of lacing up your shoes and committing to your training! #Race #Events #UpperLeftUSA #Running #HoodCanal #OlympicPeninsula #PNW #Recreation #Training #Health #Fitness #Cardio #Aerobic, 25 Feb 2019 06:03:46 GMTThe Traveler

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