Colleen Slattery, Sports Editor
Everyone’s got their reasons: “Oh my gosh, I hate running. It’s so boring. I can’t stand it.”
If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard someone say something along these lines. I do see the point – maybe it does hurt, maybe it’s not the most fun thing in the world; it’s not as if one is trying to score a basket or hit a ball, with the definite goal of winning a match.
But there has to be some reason why running is now the fastest-growing sport in the nation.
Running has a myriad of benefits from which everyone, from the Olympic marathoner to the soccer mom pushing her stroller down the street in a small-town 5K, can profit.
First, according to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Educational Research, simply moving – whether it be through yoga, swimming, walking or running – is shown to ease the effects of both depression and anxiety. So if you are feeling a bit stressed, go outside and get moving!
Second, it is physically good for you. Runners are less likely to suffer heart attacks and have better cholesterol levels and stronger immune systems, according to activesports.com. Running also increases lung capacity, function and use.
Although these facts are spewed about everywhere, on every health-awareness poster and from the lips of every fitness instructor, their value is still overlooked.
And in the end, it comes down to this: Running is practical. It is the perfect exercise of choice for a college student. It’s cheap (requiring only shoes), it’s effective in keeping weight down (we have all suffered from cafeteria food) and once one gets over the pain and annoyance of running up that blasted hill on Northgate, it can even be a little fun. So get out there, and get moving!