The runner’s high is a beautiful thing. If you’ve never experienced it then you might want to consider giving running a chance. Many people say they hate running and they can’t see why so many people do it.
How to Get the Runner’s High
The first time you run it is unlikely you’ll experience the high. It may take several times or even a few weeks of running. It also helps to run longer distances. So when you are starting out and not running as far, it is unlikely you will experience it. But after some consistency and lengthening of your runs you should start to notice the feeling.
What Does the Runner’s High Feel Like?
The runner’s high can be subtle. Sometimes it merely feels like you’ve hit a pleasant rhythm in your run and feel like you could continue on forever. Other times you might find your mind drifting off to solve all the problems of the world in a neat and manageable way. In between you can find the sweet spot of a light euphoric feeling that melts away the problems of your life. In the middle of good run, everything seems more achievable and less stressful.
Benefits to Everyday Life
If you make running a consistent part of your life you may notice that you feel different not just when you’re running but all time. There are a few reasons for this.
The first is that the more time your mind spends experiencing the runner’s high the more stress-free you can feel in general. You may also start to look forward to your runs more and more. This type of rhythm is very good for your mental state. Running is good for you both physically and psychologically so it can really improve your overall quality of life if it becomes a significant part of your routine.
How to Fit Running into Your Life
Many of us live busy lives with loads of responsibilities. So how do you fit running into your life? Well remember that you need to start slow. If you take a break from running, be it a week or a month, start with a fifteen minute daily run to get back into it.
Juggling a busy schedule can be one of the hardest things in life but dedicating 15 minutes to something that will promote long-term health for you (and by extension, your family) could be the most important addition to your life.
Perhaps you don’t have more than 15 minutes to set aside. That’s okay. You don’t have to work up to running for hours on end. You can merely increase your speed when you feel up to it. You can start by running one mile and by the end of the month you can move on to two miles in 15 minutes. Increasing your speed incrementally will also produce positive results in your mind and body even if you’re only running for a short amount of time.
What Are You Waiting For?
Motivation is the hardest part of any training. But if you are serious about improving your mind and body you need to start now. It may not be fun for the first week and you may not experience a runner’s high for another week after that. But if you keep up with it, introducing running to routine just might be the best decision you can make.
As you’re reading this this, what month is it? How do you want one month from now? Putting yourself first with running and giving it a shot to improve your life can make a difference in no time at all.
Scientists and psychologists the world over, recognize the positive effects running can have on our lives. It’s no secret that healthy people have a decent amount of cardio-vascular activity in their daily lives. So what are you waiting for? Start you running routine today and soon you too can be reaping the benefits.