That guy's not running -- He's FLYING!!!
Here are five good reasons every kid
should drop the video game controller
and head out that door for a run!
1. The Run and Post-Run Rush
You know that feeling you get when you ace a test or beat your buddy in Mario Cart? You can get that same feeling through running. It’s called “the runner’s high,” and it makes you feel like you are strong, fast and on top of the world. Best of all, the feeling of euphoria lingers long after you stop moving.
Even running for 10 minutes around the block is enough to get something called “endorphins” (a chemical in the brain that makes us feel happy) flowing. Combine that with the joy of being outside, away from school or homework, and you’ve got a recipe for success.
2. To Keep in Shape
Running is the easiest, quickest way to stay in shape, both for other sports and for life in general.
Being able to hustle and play good defense is very important in almost every sport, but you have to be in shape to do both on a consistent basis. Running a few times a week is the perfect way to get your legs and lungs ready for a full-court press or an outfield dash to catch a fly ball. Just 10 to 30 minutes a day is all you need to make a big difference in your game.
Even if you don’t play other sports – actually, especially if you don’t play other sports – running is still an important part of a healthy lifestyle. People of all ages should exercise a few times a week.
3. To Get Smart
Studies have shown that just a little bit of aerobic exercise each day can actually create new brain cells and improve memory (you can tell a sport is “aerobic” because it causes you to be out of breath, but you can still do it longer than five minutes). One test showed that students who ran for 30 minutes were better able to memorize and remember information than when they stayed still or lifted weights.
So if you are having a hard time concentrating in class or struggling with tests, try going for a run before you study. Get healthy and get smarter … quite the one-two punch.
4. To Discover New Places
Running takes you places. You can explore the woods, the neighborhood or the beach. You can explore almost anywhere and do so powered by your own two feet. It is a good opportunity to experience things you might have otherwise missed, like a bird’s nest, a new trail, or a view from high above your town. Running gives you a little taste of freedom.
5. To Excel in the Sport
Running is a sport, too! Most middle and high schools have seasonal cross country and track programs with daily practice and weekend competitions. Both sports provide great opportunities for those who play other sports to get in shape and stay competitive in the offseason. They also offer a unique chance for those who have never played a sport to get involved in athletics.
The benefits of joining a [running] team?
- You can’t be benched and don’t have to worry about playing time.
- There are no plays to memorize and practice is never boring.
- Kids from all different groups usually join the team, so there is a place and a friend for everyone.
- You get out of it what you put into it. If you want to be good, you can train harder. If you are in it for social reasons or just to stay in shape, you won’t be affecting anyone else’s success
- The team still matters. Even though each person competes individually, it is still a team sport, and the camaraderie that makes ball sports so fun still exists.
- Most programs are co-ed, which can make for a fun (and funny) atmosphere that you just can’t get anywhere else.
- Daily practice is an enjoyable way to stay motivated and stay active.
Running can be a sport, an adventure, an avenue to better your grades, or a way to become happier and enjoy a longer life. The more you run, the more fun and rewarding it becomes.
Excerpted from an Article in SportRunning.com
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