An article in the U.S. Health and News Report got my attention. As a kid growing up I was always one of the slowest runners in P.E. I thought I just wasn’t as gifted as the rest, or that there was something wrong with me. But as I got older and took up jogging, I realized some people are slow runners based on DNA. So, I accepted that I would never win a race unless everyone else was just as talented in the slow running department as I was.
Keep in mind if your not the fastest runner, still do it! There are benefits for your health you can obtain.
Here are 6 benefits for the slow runner.
- You’ll be less likely to get injured. If you run at a slower pace you are not putting as much stress on your muscles and ligaments as sprinters. If you try to run too fast too soon and not let your muscles warm up, you may experience aches and pains, which may lead you to quit altogether.
- You’ll help your body adapt to running. Slow running will help your tendons, ligaments, joints, bones and muscles build up strength and get used to the stress of running.
- You’ll see huge mental and emotional benefits. No matter how fast or slow you run, the mental benefits of running are clear. Running reduces stress, improves self-esteem and even keeps your mind sharp. Research has shown it helps to protect your brain against Alzheimer’s disease.
- You’ll improve your cardiovascular health. No matter what pace you run, this exercise is good for your heart, lungs and arteries.
- You’ll be able to exercise anywhere. The best part about running is you can do it anywhere. And it’s free!
- It’s a great alternative to happy hour. Slow running is typically defined as running at a pace where you can still keep up a conversation. It can be a social event with other friends. And it gives you that happy feeling once you’ve finished.
Make sure and run with good shoes.
Here’s to your Health! You slow runner, you!!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR