The average age of the runner/walker has increased to 40+. The unequaled positive attitude boost, significant stress release and overall increase in vitality, focus and creativity are all reasons why people are starting to and continuing to run/walk.
Part of the fulfilment must come from getting back to our roots. Our ancient ancestors walked and ran for thousands of miles each year to survive. In the process, they developed and passed on to us a treasury of physical and mental rewards, which we renew with each workout. The challenge of a significant physical journey on foot unleashes some primitive connections to our identity as human beings.
If you are reading this, you are saying (or starting to say) that you want to take responsibility for your health and attitude. On the long list of benefits from exercising, those two are at the top.
To choose a goal, whether it be Getting off of the couch, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon or beyond, to finish will leave you feeling like a champion and your life will be changed for the better. You can do it!
Before Those First Steps!
There are very few people who should not exercise because of cardiovascular, structural, muscular, or other problems. It is very important to ensure that you are not in this risk category.
- Before beginning any exercise, diet or other improvement program, be sure to have yourself and the program evaluated by specialists in the areas you are pursuing.
- The advice on this website is offered as such-advice from one exerciser to another. It is not mean to be a prescription and should be evaluated as noted above and below.
- Specific structures and problems of individuals may require program modifications.
- In each area, find specialists who are also knowledgeable about the positive and other effects of exercise and running.
- Ask several respected leaders in the fitness community for recommendations of specialists.
- Always back off any exercise or program when you feel any risk of injury or health.
- The benefits come from regular exercise and steady adherence to a long-term program.
- Never radically increase the amount of exercise or drastically change diet and other health elements.
- Joining a group helps motivation!
- Have fun and you’ll want to continue.