Running - sport or way of life
YOU FLIP through the channels for the fourth time and realise that once again there’s nothing on television that grabs you. Not a problem! Throw on some running shoes and comfortable clothes and go for a run.
One of the coolest things about the sport of running is that you don’t need expensive equipment. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and a safe environment. But just because you don’t need much equipment don’t be fooled into thinking the sport of running is easy. No one wakes up and decides to run a marathon without training. Running requires discipline, perseverance, and concentration. It’s a sport that’s good for your body and mind.
Running strengthens your heart, lungs, and muscles. It develops coordination and makes you more aware of your body. Running also gives you energy by increasing your oxygen intake, and it improves your
immune system so you don’t get sick as easily. It can even help you stay more focused in school because exercise helps you to think more clearly.
How do you get involved in the sport if you don’t know much about it? Most schools offer crosscountry
and track programmes, but there are also running clubs open to all ages. A simple Internet search can help you find some in your area. The programmes show you how running can offer competition or just be for fun. They also teach runners to set realistic goals and take care of their bodies.
Runners have great respect for each other because they know how difficult the sport can be. If you go to a race, you’ll see people cheering for all the runners, from the first place finisher to the last place finisher. Running isn’t always about how fast you are or how far you’re going. It’s about getting out there and doing it. Participation is more important than competition, and effort is recognised over talent.
If you’re looking for more than just a sport, running may be the perfect choice for you.