Get Inspired: 5 Running Books for Your Reading List

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Running is one of the most popular sports or physical activities that are fairly easy to get into. There is no complicated or highly technical skill you have to learn at the beginning. There is no gym membership required. All you need is weather appropriate running clothes and a good pair of socks and shoes and you can basically start anytime you want to. If you are looking for some inspirations to get into running, here are some of the best books you should have on your reading list.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
Born to run is a book that runners and non-runners alike can enjoy. Whether you are a seasoned runner who has run marathons and ultra-runs or a new runner or thinking about taking up running, this book’s vivid storytelling provides a compelling tale of life as a runner.

Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek
One of the hardest parts about taking up any sport or physical activity is getting started. There are a lot of possible excuses that could come up, especially for those who may think that their self-perceived lack of athleticism could be a barrier. In Eat & Run, ultrarunning champion Scott Jurek shares personal stories on the challenges and the lifestyle changes that have become part of his journey as a runner.

Running and Being: The Total Experience by George A. Sheehan
Running and being provides timeless insights not just on running but on lifelong fitness and the happiness and freedom that can be gained from the experience.

Running with the Buffaloes by Chris Lear
Running with Buffaloes takes a look into competitive running. But it casts a wide appeal and provides compelling tales that even recreational runners will enjoy. It depicts the highs and lows as well as the many challenges collegiate or competitive runners face.

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman
This book by Matthew Inman is a fun and engaging read. It takes a raw and honest look into running experiences that many people share.

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Some Emotional Perks Of Running

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Still not convinced about making time for running?

You see, running is not just about getting active. Running is also not just about losing weight. Running is even not just about strengthening muscles.

Here are some emotional perks of running:

It makes us happier.

I’m sure you’ve heard about people who began running and then began living happier. This is mainly attributed to endorphins, our body’s feel-good hormones, which activate upon doing heavy conditioning exercises like running. These feel-good hormones also reduce our stress levels, slow our aging, and boost our immune system – making us even happier as years go by.

It helps withstand pain.

Running is not just about conditioning your body enough to withstand extreme activities like mountain climbing. It’s about conditioning your emotions, too – just enough to withstand pain upon bumping into situations that might cause grave injuries. How this ensues we’ll never fully know, but it’s truly one great perk of running.

It boosts our self-confidence.

Another great perk of running is being more confident – not just about how we look at ourselves, but also how we present ourselves. As you may know, running can make us lose weight – which, in turn, boosts our self-confidence to a point where no one can even judge us. After all, you just did your best to look good and to feel good – inside and out.

It lessens mood swings.

Most, if not all, of us experience mood swings on a regular basis – and sometimes, without any valid reason. But you know what? It’s not just about having a rapid emotional shift with running. It’s also about having a rapid and positive emotional shift with running. That means, less mood swings and more positive feelings like joyfulness and thankfulness.

Do you know any other emotional perks of running? Share them with us below!

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Building Habits That Promote Lifelong Health

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A healthy lifestyle hinges on daily habits. It is about making the right choices every day and doing the things that may not always be fun to do. It is about the small things like exercising regardless of how you feel about doing it at any given day. If you are thinking of making some positive changes in your routines to improve your health, here are some ways to build better habits that could lead to some lifelong benefits.

Fix or upgrade your diet. Eating healthy is one of the pillars of healthy living. You need to proactively develop your understanding of proper nutrition and make healthy food choices. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and fiber-rich grains. Know your sources of good fats. Avoid refined sugar, saturated fat, and other high-calorie but low-nutrition foods in your diet.

Create a fitness routine and stick to it. One of the most effective strategies for living a healthy life is to engage in regular exercise and physical activity. Moderate or intense exercise for at least 30 minutes every day improves your mood, boosts your energy levels, and keeps you fit and healthy.

Choose your drinks well. Given a choice between a soda and water, choose the latter s often as you can. Or if you prefer to drink something that has a little flavor in it, choose the least sugary beverages you can find. Go for natural fruit or vegetable juices. Or you can get creative by preparing infused water using a wide array of fresh fruits.

Give your mind and body time to rest. A lot of people are missing out on a good sleep for various reasons. Many are so busy to squeeze in six to eight hours of sleep. Personal, work, and social life may sometimes eat up time that should have been spent on sleep. Poor quality or lack of time for sleep not only contributes to lack of energy, fatigue, and irritability, it can also lead to health-related problems, if left unchecked.

Make time for stress-relieving activities. Excessive stress takes its toll. It may take time for the effects to show, but it will eventually appear in many different ways. Dealing with the early signs of stress is important in protecting your wellbeing. It is important that you take the time each day to relax and unwind. Make use of various relaxation techniques to lower your stress levels and recharge.

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