Some Snow, Some Cooking, Some Motivating

With the snow predictions last night,  I wasn’t surprised to wake up to this view:

Since it was still snowing, I decided to make some soups today.  It just seemed like a good thing to do.

I also accumulated more pluses to walking/running to add to my former list.  Here is my very favorite:

Running is one of the best butt-kicking, calorie-blasting workouts around.

Maybe on those days when we can’t get ourselves out the door, we could see this posted on our refrigerator and it would convince us to step outside.  Or Maybe not…..

Now here are some more benefits to walking/running.

1. Do it anywhere.

Run, that is.  Around your neighborhood, on the treadmill,  in the park.
Well…maybe not this park.

 

Even better: Lace up your sneakers on your next vacation to explore a new place.   But probably not this place.

 

2. Make new friends.

Check out local running groups or websites  and hit the road with other health-minded folks. Running with someone makes the miles fly by.

Just choose that running buddy wisely.

 

 

3. Save some cash.

Forget expensive equipment or a pricey gym membership.  All you need is the right shoes.  (Then in the future you will become like me – obsessed.  Nothing is more fun than searching for new running tights, gadgets, hats, headbands,…….)

Be this:

Not this:


 

4. Cuts the Cancer Risk!

Apples aren’t the only things that keep the doctor away. Active people are less likely to develop colon cancer. And ladies who regularly engage in intense workouts like running can reduce their risk of breast cancer by up to 30 percent.

 

5.  Burn Baby Burn.

For a 160-pound person, running can burn more than 850 calories an hour.

 

 

Believe it or not, working up a sweat can clean out those pores of the gunk that clogs them and leads to breakouts. A  sweat session can  boost natural oils, keeping things fresh and healthy. (Always try to start out with a clean, make-up free face and then shower afterwards)

 

 

7. Lower your blood pressure.

Running can actually keep high blood pressure at bay—and fast. Your  workouts can help lower blood pressure in just a few weeks!

8. Build stronger bones.

Running might help produce even stronger bones than cranking out reps in resistance training. Running helps build the muscle that lower-impact workouts ignore, keeping bones healthier as they age.

9. No Energy?   Give it a boost.

Feeling sluggish? Try going for a jog instead of lounging on the couch. Just one run can increase energy and decrease fatigue.

 

10. Take your faithful fur-friend.

Dogs are man’s best friend  and they can be man’s best workout buddy too. Grab a leash and give your pet a new kind of treat.  A healthy habit for both of you.

.But once again…..choose wisely

 

11. Strengthen that core.

We all know or at least have read that a strong core improves posture, strengthens limbs, and helps make everyday activities a breeze.  You may not realize it but running engages your midsection, strengthening those all-important muscles.

 

12. Sleep better.

Let’s face it.  Hardly anybody gets a good night’s sleep anymore.  Running encourages higher quality sleep, which translates into better zzzs all night long.

 

Are you all silently saying ALRIGHT ALREADY!   Ok at least ONE of those should get us moving!

One step at a time,

Anne

 

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