Why Running Can Change Your Life

Today I’m going to cover an important subject that I’ve talked about before, and that is, how running can benefit and even change your life.

I really do believe that it’s good to keep reminding people of the benefits of running because it helps to increase their motivation and keep them going.

In fact, I remind myself about the benefits of running all the time, and after 15 years running it still gives me constant motivation.

This is such an important area that I even wrote a 45 page report about it called "33 Reasons Why Running Changes Your Life" which comes as part of
Run Without Limits. Yes there really is that much you can gain from running.

Whether you are completely new to running, or you’ve been running for months or years, running can have a positive impact on all areas of your life.

Yes there’s the weight loss, better health and fitness, and better looking body…

But, as if that wasn’t enough, there are also MANY other positive benefits that can make a significant difference to your life.

Here are 5 other very important benefits that you can experience through running…

  1. More energy 

With running your body becomes fitter, healthier, and more efficient. Your body works a lot better than an unhealthy body and because of this you are provided with much more energy.

The result?

You feel more alive, and you can do more things, every day of your life. Every single day of your life is higher quality compared to the body you would have if you didn’t run!

There’s no more feeling sluggish and wasting precious time in your life. You can now do more of the things you enjoy, and you feel much better while doing them.

  1. Feeling younger

Having all this extra energy makes you feel much younger.

For example, after losing two stone in weight with running, and feeling much fitter and healthier, one of my customers said that she felt 20 years younger. Who wouldn’t want that?

Imagine feeling in the best shape of your life and feeling better than when you were younger. Imagine being able to do more of everything you want in life and feeling like you can just keep going.

I’m sure you can appreciate that this is a lot better and more enjoyable than collapsing in front of the television after a day at work, or having to sit down for a rest because you can’t keep up playing with your children.

  1. Looking younger

With running you can lose weight, get a better looking body, and you can walk around and do everything with more energy and purpose.

Many people in their 60’s are overweight, they have a walking stick, and they shuffle along. Other people at the same age are running around and looking more like a 40 year old.

Many people in their 30’s look more like they are 50 years old with their slow pace and low energy levels. Other people at the same age are running around like a super fit teenager.

Can you see why people who run, very often end up looking younger than they actually are?

Can you also see why people that are unfit, have a poor body shape, and move around much slower with a poorer posture, usually look much older than they are?

  1. More confidence

So let’s say that you’ve been running for a while and you’re experiencing the benefits and rewards…

You now have much more energy. You feel and look younger. You’ve also lost weight and developed a much fitter and better looking body.

Overall you are happy with everything. Your weight, health, fitness, and body are just how you want them to be.

How much better do you feel now? How much more confidence do you have?

This is why the benefits of running make you feel so good and why you’re likely to experience greater satisfaction and confidence.

  1. More positive state of mind

With all these benefits it’s easy to see why running can make you feel much more positive and a lot happier about yourself.

Quite simply, the better you do with your running, and the more benefits you gain, the better you feel about yourself both physically and mentally.

The other major advantage of this is that your better and more positive frame of mind rubs off onto other people in your life.

So not only do you make yourself happier, but you also help the other people in your life become happier as well. Running doesn’t just benefit you, it benefits the people that you love.

You have a lot to gain with running, and a lot to lose if you don’t

In addition to all these positive experiences, running also helps you avoid negative experiences such as suffering from ill health and diseases.

It provides you with a lower risk of suffering from depression, several types of cancers (such as breast, ovarian, and colon cancer), osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and heart attacks, stroke, and arthritis.

With all this in mind, do you need any more reasons to run and keep on running?

If at any time your motivation dwindles, or you’re tempted to miss a run, just remember everything that running gives you.

With running all you have to give is some time and effort…

In return running gives you an abundance of benefits that can literally change your life.

Keep up the good running!

So what about you?

What have you gained from running and how has this helped you or improved your life?

Please add your comments below and share your experiences.


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6 Responses to Why Running Can Change Your Life

  1. Clare Bonucchi says:

    Running for me is a mood booster. As a full time carer to my disabled father and busy mum to three children running is something I can fit in at the oddest times when I am free of the many demands on my time. It costs nothing except good trainers. I don’t need to get in the car. It also provides a social outlet for me at amateur race meets. I became fit enough to walk Ben Nevis with my 21 year old. We did it up and down in under 6 hours. I feel good about myself that I run regular 5 ks. I am Not a big runner but my regular 5 ks are achievable.

    • James says:

      I know what you mean about running being a mood booster Clare. I’ve found it to be a great stress reliever over the years and it always makes me feel much more alive.

      Like you mentioned, the fact that running is a very convenient and low cost form of exercise is also good.

      Keep up the good running!

  2. vicki harrison says:

    hi i have started jogging it was very hard for me at first 1month ago as i have copd and leukemia but now i have a positive attitude it was like i been living in a tunnel and now i ve done a 120 degrees turnaround it is also habit forming and i am jogging further each week i started out by running one lamp post and then walking one now i am running 4-5 lamppost and walking 2 thanks for your help vicki

    • James says:

      You are very welcome Vicki. It’s good to hear that running is helping you through your health problems both physically and mentally. Plus you are actually getting fitter which is great.

      I hope that you keep progressing well and also do well with everything else.

  3. Ronnie Sage says:

    James, I bought your book and started running a year ago, when I started I could only run for ONE minute, then I would have to walk for FOUR minutes, Now a year later im down almost 30 pounds and running 20 miles a week. Thank you for all your help this last year I dont think I could keep motivated with out you.
    P.S. my wife also says a big thank you as well.

    • James says:

      You’re welcome Ronnie, it’s great to hear that you are still doing well. You’ve done great with both your running and losing those 30 pounds. I can understand why your wife is so pleased – she’s got a fitter, healthier, and happier husband.

      Many people think that the benefits they get from running are only for themselves, but they also have a positive impact on your family and friends.

      Keep up the good running Ronnie!