Run­ning - sport or way of life

The Borneo Post - Good English - - News -

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.

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