I wish I was a runner. The thought of running makes me anxious and I would much prefer crawling up in my bed and watch a whole season of Gossip Girl. Some people do enjoy running, and feel that it’s liberating and makes their day a whole lot better. Not me.
However, I knew that it was time to try something new and change up my workout. This past summer I had a plan to start running and try to understand why runners love what they do so much.
Like starting anything new, it was not easy. But as the days go on and the routine becomes natural, I am slowly (3 months into it) beginning to see why people love it so much.
In college, anxiety is something that all of us have to accept. The long nights of partying, 8 a.m. classes, 200 people coughing in a lecture, teachers from all around the globe, three midterms in one week, and somehow avoiding the late night munchies, I think it's safe to say we have a lot on our plates. However, you should never pass up an opportunity in your day to go on a run and #getsweaty. Running helps release the built up energy that causes anxiety and is considered to be a release for your body.
The best part about it is that you don’t have to run a marathon to feel better! Just as little as 30 minutes of cardio a day can give you that “runners high". The “high” is triggered by the anademide in your brain, a chemical that triggers the release of endorphins, which in turn increases your happiness and decreases anxiety.
Running is now a part of my daily routine, and I can’t imagine life without it. Of course there are days where I still want to curl up with Netflix and sleep for hours, but I know I'll be grateful after my workout.
So, make a schedule and always devote an hour a day for yourself! Run inside or outside–wherever you feel best. That’s the glory of running, it doesn’t matter if you’re in State College or California, you can always put on those running shoes, crank the tunes, and just focus on you!