You’ll feel energized
“After I started running, I had way more energy and I would even wake up at 5:30 a.m. to get it in before work,” says Dawn Hood, CPT, RYT, studio manager of Embody Health in Kirkland, Washington. “Even though I was getting up so early, I stayed energized all day!” (Check out these habits your 80-year old self will thank you for.)
You’ll start eating healthier (without even trying!)
One of the many benefits of running is that you naturally start to eat a bit healthier because you start to care about how your diet choices will impact your running performance. “When I started running longer distances, I was hungry all the time, but because I was doing so much work I really started thinking about how to fuel my body,” says Hood. “I knew if I had chips for dinner, I would not have the energy for my run.” Check out these 31 healthy snack ideas.
You’ll make time for stretching
Well, at least you’ll finally appreciate the importance of stretching and you might even make an appearance in yoga. Regular stretching will not only make you feel better and prevent injuries, but it also makes you a faster and more efficient runner. You’ll quickly realize it’s worth a few minutes out of your day. Check out the 13 things yoga instructors won’t tell you.