The Joy of Running: How It Transforms Your Body and Mind

Nel-Olivia Waga
April 8, 2024

Have you ever met someone who seems to defy age, glowing with health and energy? Odds are, they’re runners. There’s something almost magical about running, a simple act that packs a punch well beyond its humble appearance. Here’s a down-to-earth look from my personal trainer Jenny, founder of MY BODY TONING at why hitting the pavement (or the trail) could be the best gift you give yourself:

Fountain of Youth? Just Lace Up Your Sneakers

Imagine an elixir that makes your heart stronger, bones tougher, and skin glow – that’s running for you. It’s not just about staying fit; it’s about turning back the clock. With every stride, you’re fighting off the hands of time, keeping diseases at bay, and ensuring your body’s as vibrant as your spirit. And the best part? The only thing you need to start is a pair of sneakers.

Burn Calories Without Burning Out

If shedding a few pounds is on your mind, running’s your best friend. Unlike other workouts that require equipment or a gym membership, running is straightforward – it’s just you against the miles, torching calories and sculpting your body with every step. It’s effective, simple, and entirely free.

Kiss Knee and Back Pain Goodbye

If you think running is tough on your joints, think again. It’s the extra weight that’s the real culprit. Running helps you shed it, easing the load on your knees and back. Plus, those runner’s legs? They’re not just for show. Stronger muscles mean better support and less pain. It’s a win-win.

Sweet Dreams Are Made of These

Ever toss and turn at night, unable to switch off? Running could be the solution you’re looking for. It’s like a reset button for your sleep cycle, helping you drift off faster and dive deeper into those restorative sleep stages. Imagine waking up feeling refreshed, every day.

Find Your Happy Place

There’s something about running that melts away stress like nothing else. It’s your personal bubble, a time when you can clear your head and boost your mood with every step. Thanks to a cocktail of happy chemicals released during a run, it’s not just your body that gets a workout – your brain reaps the benefits, too.

A Shield Against Illness

In the battle for a stronger immune system, running is your secret weapon. It fine-tunes your body at the cellular level, boosting those tiny powerhouses in your cells to keep you energized and defended against germs. Just remember, moderation is key; the goal is to strengthen, not deplete

Running Towards a Healthier Future

From reducing the risk of cancer to keeping your mind sharp, running looks out for your future self. It’s an investment in your health that pays dividends in the form of reduced medical bills, fewer sick days, and a fuller, richer life.

Breathe In, Stress Out

In a world that never hits pause, running is my slice of peace. It’s my “me-time” – no phones, no emails, just me and the path ahead. It’s a chance to recharge, to escape the noise and find clarity. And the beauty of it? You can do it anywhere, anytime. No special equipment, no gym membership – just you, taking on the world, one step at a time.

 

And Further Tips for Running in the Cold

When the temperature drops, don’t hang up your running shoes. With the right gear – think breathable, sweat-resistant layers, and a good pair of socks and shoes – you can conquer the cold. Warm up indoors, stay visible with lights and reflectors, and fuel your body with the good stuff, both before and after your run.

Running isn’t just about physical fitness; it’s about carving out a moment in your day that’s just for you, where you can push your limits, clear your mind, and come back stronger, inside and out.

So, what are you waiting for?

Jenny, MY BODY TONING

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Founded in 2014, re-launched in 2019 – by Nel-Olivia Waga. It is an international luxury lifestyle blog, that features stories under the aspect of a conscious mindset. It collaborates with leading brands and specialists who share the idea of generating a positive impact in the world. Based in Zurich and London, it covers local hotspots and global trends around sustainability, innovation, well-being, health, beauty, travel, time, art, business and charity.

Nel-Olivia Waga is the Founder & Publisher of HER/etiquette. She is a Brand Consultant, an Author and Entrepreneur, most passionate about well-being, travel, nature and art. Her work can regularly be seen in her column on FORBES. Her consultancy YMPACT LAB, creates innovative marketing projects for luxury brands based on passion, purpose and sustainable impact.

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