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.
You’ll might drop some serious cash
Once you fall in love with running, there’s no looking back at your pre-running life—or your pre-running credit card bill. Sure, going for a jog around your neighborhood is completely free but don’t be surprised if you get inspired to start signing up for pricey races (at least the proceeds usually go toward a good cause) and dropping dough on more expensive gear. “I never thought I would spend $20 on socks,” says Hood, who once ran one half marathon per month for an entire year. “But I do!”