Firstly, and most obviously, it is a really beneficial for our health. Running can (among other things) help to:
· Reduce Blood pressure
· Maintain a stable weight (alongside a healthy diet)
· Tone and strengthen muscles
· Improve mental health
· Improve energy levels
Once you have purchased your kit (MOST importantly well-fitting trainers and sports bra) then you are good to go! You can do it anywhere with anyone, it is easy and flexible and fits around even the busiest of schedule
Running is great for dealing with stress levels. When we are feeling exhausted and overwhelmed by life, it can help us to switch off and refocus our minds. When we run our body release endorphins which are referred to as our happy hormones. The positive effects of a run can stay with us long after the run has ended and can help us to manage stresses and strains in our everyday lives.
Running gives you the opportunity to be outside and experience the wonder of nature. Many of us spend more time inside than we want or need to and by getting out into the fresh air and watching the seasons change it can expose us to things that we wouldn’t normally see. Modern life can often feel at odds with nature and getting outside and being immersed in it can really help to make us feel centred and calm. At SLJ we make the most of the wonderful trails and countryside that we are so fortunate to live locally to. No run ever feels quite the same.
One of the nicest things about being in SLJ is seeing the relationships that develop between members. It really is a community of friendly, supportive and inspiring women who are there for each other. Whether you are new to exercise and need some support, have just moved to a new area and want to meet like-minded people or simply want to get out there and run, it really is about being part of a nurturing network.
What are you waiting for?